Thursday, May 28, 2009


On Sotomayor

You know, I was going to write an anti-Sotomayor post with the title, "Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid." I was going to reference a famous Jefferson's quote, "If our nation be destroyed, it will be from the judiciary," and I was going to post this amazing video from the Judge, in which ignores everything she was taught in her first-year constitutional law class and states for the record that federal courts are where "policy is made":

Well, it isn't taking very long for some very ugly truths to be revealed 'bout one Judge Stomayor. Like this, from the New Republic of all places:

"Sotomayor can be tough on lawyers, according to those interviewed. “She is a terror on the bench." "She is very outspoken." "She can be difficult." "She is temperamental and excitable. She seems angry." "She is overly aggressive–not very judicial. She does not have a very good temperament." "She abuses lawyers." "She really lacks judicial temperament. She behaves in an out of control manner. She makes inappropriate outbursts." "She is nasty to lawyers. She doesn’t understand their role in the system–as adversaries who have to argue one side or the other. She will attack lawyers for making an argument she does not like." [emphasis added]'s Mark Impomeni deftly points out ...

The criticisms of Sotomayor by those who worked with her bear resemblance to those levelled at former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton during his confirmation hearings. Bolton was assailed by Senate Foreign Relations committee Democrats over allegations that he was a "bully" who routinely abused those in subordinate positions. The question of temperament was a key rationale used by Senate Democrats, and some Republican defectors, to deny the impeccably qualified Bolton confirmation.

We'll soon see if Senate Dems are as concerned about bullying, and mellow temperaments, now as they were then. For my money, I'm in the "they ain't" camp.

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