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Is Sotomayor Fight Over Before it Begins?

By Ben Pershing
Is Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation to the Supreme Court a foregone conclusion? Consider:

• She is a known quantity. Sotomayor has been seen as a potential court pick for months, giving friends and foes alike ample time to pore over her record. The proliferation of blogs and the wealth of information available online, including all of her legal opinions, mean that on some level Sotomayor has already been vetted (though her body of work includes "no major decisions concerning abortion, the death penalty, gay rights or national security.") Critics have seized on a few of her past remarks, but if there is a true smoking gun anywhere in her professional record, it hasn't been found. Her personal life is a different story, but we can only assume that Team Obama knows for sure that she has paid all her taxes. Can't we?

• The fact that Sotomayor -- or, as Mike Huckabee called her, "Maria" -- is Latina presents the GOP with a special set of problems. Republicans can certainly criticize her record and judicial philosophy, but may be hesitant to adopt the kind of scorched-Earth tactics that have been deployed in some past Supreme Court fights. Doing so could represent a "suicide mission" for the party.

• Mathematically, Democrats have a near-stranglehold on the Senate. With 59 seats -- 60 if and when Al Franken is seated -- the majority barely needs to reach across the aisle in order to accrue the support necessary to put Sotomayor on the court. Centrist Democrats have so far given no indication that they would oppose her nomination, and some key Republicans, particularly Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, are already sounding positive notes about Sotomayor.

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Posted at 8:15 AM ET on May 27, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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Not only is Sonia Sotomayor an excellent choice for the Supreme Court. In choosing her, President Obama has demonstrated his BRILLIANCE in balancing so many different factors. These include the judicial, the intellectual, the historical, the racial AND the political. Nothing short of fantastic!

dkanofsky

Posted by: dkanofsky | May 28, 2009 3:10 AM

Not only is Sonia Sotomayor an excellent choice for the Supreme Court. In choosing her, President Obama has demonstrated his BRILLIANCE in balancing so many different factors. These include the judicial, the intellectual, the historical, the racial AND the political. Nothing short of fantastic!

dkanofsky

Posted by: dkanofsky | May 28, 2009 3:08 AM

Pundits always want to see a fight and try to convey the sense that there is going to be one even when there is not going to be one for the reasons that the author stated.

I would add one more reason: Republicans are more likely to defer to a Democratic president's judicial appointments than are Democrats to Republican appointees. Even if they did not, the Republicans don't have the votes and the only Democrat I can think of that might vote against her is Ben Nelson (D-NE?) depending on when he is up for re-election.

The President could have done worse. He could have picked Jennifer Granholm or Janet Napolitano. (Note: The President seemed to only consider women for this opening on the court) Both Granholm and Napolitano would have been over their heads intellectually on the Supreme Court. Sotomayor can go toe to toe with Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Roberts even though I would disagree with her judicial philosophy.

It is a foregone conclusion. We could just skip the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and vote tomorrow and the result would be pretty much the same as it will be a few months from now.

Posted by: danielhancock | May 27, 2009 11:23 PM

Let's face it;

O'Bomba COULD have done worse!

At this time, the Dimocrat Socialists have the Power to do to us what they will!

MORONS control the Voting!

Just ask Simon Cowell! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | May 27, 2009 7:50 PM

Hopefully, Sotomayor will take Scrivener50's comments seriously as well as the Post. I published a book about a woman tortured by directed energy weapons, stalked and raped by a former FBI agent. He was identified by his vehicle plate number during the stalking. See www.satweapons.com and click on the publisher icon.

Posted by: drhall1 | May 27, 2009 2:55 PM

Obviously, the battle is over in a special way: Ben Pershing and the WaPo will do about as much delving into her background as it did of Obama. Every "news" story from the WaPo was practically an FEC violation of campaign advertisement rules, so expect the WaPo to continue that with their "news" reporting on Sotomayor.

Unfortunately, the GOP leadership is too dumb and too corrupt to effectively oppose her. That means it's up to us. This would be a great time for citizen journalists in the NYC area to make visits to school libraries and the like looking for speeches she's made and similar.

If anyone has any information, please leave a comment here:

http://24ahead.com/sonia-sotomayor-affirmative-action-nominee-supreme-court-clo

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | May 27, 2009 1:16 PM

I think that the abortion issue, the death penalty, gay rights, and national security will provide plenty of ammo (apart from the race component).

Posted by: JakeD | May 27, 2009 11:28 AM

Well even in politics-- common sense rules. I wait to see the GOP in action. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43s9sJnMna8

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 27, 2009 11:05 AM

THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY IS WELL AWARE OF THE EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK SPAWNED OR EXPANDED UNDER BUSH-CHENEY..

...A POLICE STATE APPARATUS THAT CONTINUES UNDER OBAMA.

WHAT GOOD IS AN ENLIGHTENED SCOTUS NOMINEE IF A PARALLEL SYSTEM OF VIGILANTE INJUSTICE IS COVERTLY PROMOTED AND FUNDED BY FEDERAL SECURITY/MILITARY/INTEL AGENCIES...

...WHO HAVE CO-OPTED LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT NATIONWIDE TO CREATE A COVERT AMERICAN GESTAPO...

...THAT IMPLANTS GPS TRACKING DEVICES ON THE VEHICLES OF INNOCENT BUT "TARGETED" U.S. CITIZENS AND THEIR FAMILIES... AND USES MICROWAVE RADIATION "DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS" TO DEGRADE THEIR MINDS AND BODIES.


While the media is distracted by the "stories of the day," democracy is being stolen at the grassroots -- and the domestic TORTURE and gradual financial expropriation of the "unjustly targeted" continues unabated under an apparently "unaware" Team Obama.

Please read this:

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 27, 2009 10:24 AM

Anything the Republican Party can do to continue committing political suicide -- such as waging a "Scorched Earth" battle against Judge Sotomayor's Supreme Court confirmation -- would be extremely welcome by most Americans. To the Ramparts, GOP!
Hoist your battle flags.

Please Visit My Blog: Conservatives Are America's Real Terrorists

Posted by: cjprentiss | May 27, 2009 10:09 AM

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