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Sotomayor Hearings End With Few Lessons Learned

By Ben Pershing
The confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination are over, and there is precious little we know now that we didn't know four days ago.

We know Republicans won't filibuster her, but we already knew that, since Jon Kyl and John Cornyn said essentially the same thing before the hearings began. We know that Sotomayor was well-coached to speak generally about a lot of subjects, but specifically about almost none. We know that senators like to hear themselves talk. We know that empathy and foreign law are bad, the Constitution is good and a "wise Latina" nominee will never take the bait and confess to harboring judgment-altering prejudice.

The much-anticipated appearance of Frank Ricci and a fellow New Haven firefighter largely fell flat Thursday, though through no fault of their own. Dana Milbank writes that Ricci "was to be Sonia Sotomayor's Anita Hill," but then never really seized the spotlight to criticize Sotomayor much or say why she didn't belong on the court. He did not become Anita Hill, nor even Joe the Plumber. David Cone's appearance was similarly uneventful, and he could have provided a more valuable public service by hopping a cab down South Capitol Street and suiting up to help the Nationals.

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Posted at 8:30 AM ET on Jul 17, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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There were lot of lessons from these hearings. From here on in we are either going to get stealth nominees or nominees that are evasive in answering questions as Sotomayor was.

Even worse, judges that think they are up for Supreme Court nominations are going to dodge controversial cases as Sotomayor did in the Ricci case by issuing a summary judgement. There were legal arguments on both sides but we got nothing from Sotomayor or the other two appellate judges on the panel.

These hearing could have been an edifying seminar on constitutional law but instead they were an exercise in dodgeball.

Sotomayor may have been a brillant pick but we cannot tell by her vaque responses to questions. I don't blame her. She was just trying to get confirmed. But I do blame the senators on the Judiciary Committee that helped to politicize the Supreme Court confirmation process.

Posted by: danielhancock | July 19, 2009 12:53 AM

SUPREME INJUSTICE -- ENABLED BY FEDERAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT -- IS BEING COMMITTED AT THE GRASSROOTS...

VIGILANTE EXTRAJUDICIAL TARGETING AND TORTURE VIA GPS-ENABLED 'COMMUNITY STALKING'...

...AND THE PROLIFERATION OF SILENT, INVISIBLE AND LIFE-DEGRADING MICROWAVE AND LASER RADIATION 'DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS'.

Is THIS the domestic component of the CIA hit squads" -- in this case, a covert multi-agency coordinated action "program" that silently destroys the lives and livelihoods of unjustly "targeted" American citizens?

The long-time mainstream journalist who authored this article says YES:

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

OR (if link is extrajudically tortured):

NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA" (link in "stream" list or in articles index).

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 17, 2009 1:18 PM

So on one in the anti-Obama press sees a clean and uneventful confirmation hearing, plus a few hints at GOP votes for Sotomayor, as a HUGE win for the president?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | July 17, 2009 10:14 AM

The SONIA HEARINGS were just that, we heard.

Posted by: gamma64 | July 17, 2009 9:26 AM

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