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Little Drama Expected at Sotomayor Hearings

By Ben Pershing
The final weekend before the start of today's Senate Judiciary Committee session brought one last spate of biographical pieces on Sonia Sotomayor, highlighting her unusual route from the South Bronx to Princeton and Yale, the federal bench and the cusp of the highest court of the land. As a person and Supreme Court nominee, Sotomayor may well be interesting, but if the coverage today is any indication, her confirmation hearings probably won't be.

Republicans made clear Sunday that they plan to question Sotomayor's ability to be a fair jurist. "I am really flabbergasted by the depth and consistency of her philosophical critique of the ideal of impartial justice," Jeff Sessions said on Face the Nation Sunday. And John Cornyn said "the ethnicity focus, the focus on sex and on race," in Sotomayor's past comments would be problematic for her.

But that's about as strong as the rhetoric got, and The New York Times reports, "senators from both parties seemed to accept that her nomination was unlikely to be derailed given the Democrats' majority." Roll Call predicts "Republicans are unlikely to put the nominee on trial." Even the most routine pre-hearing machinations have seemed duller than usual. President Obama called Sotomayor Sunday to wish her luck. "He complimented the Judge for making courtesy calls to 89 Senators in which she discussed her adherence to the rule of law throughout her 17 years on the federal bench," according to a White House statement. Sounds like quite the exciting phone conversation.

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By Ben Pershing  |  July 13, 2009; 8:25 AM ET
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I am fully primed for a GOP meltdown at today's hearings. Sessions will surely blow up in a racially-based tirade...

Posted by: parkerfl1 | July 13, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

POLITICOS OF ALL STRIPES: Wake Up and Smell the Ongoing Bush-Cheney- Spawned Police State that Turns Politics and SCOTUS Hearings into Bread and Circuses.


A grassroots-based, federally-enabled "multi-agency coordinated" extrajudicial targeting and "torture matrix" has deployed a Gestapo-like vigilante army in EVERY county of the United States -- persecuting hundreds of thousands of unjustly "targeted" Americans...

...making a mockery of the political process and the rule of law.

This vigilante Gestapo apparatus employs a high-tech GPS tracking system and silent, injury- and illness-inducing microwave radiation "directed energy weapons" to stalk, harass, terrorize and TORTURE their neighbors.

Now this federally-spawned bypass of the judicial system is being exposed -- despite the mainstream media's propensity to swallow the cover story about an "on-and-off" program that "never got out of the planning stages."

Congress MUST hold hearings on this clear and present danger to American democracy -- and hold to account those who have shredded the Constitution in what appears to be an ideologically-driven politicide.

I encourage those who place their faith in the political process to wake up and smell the police state that Bush-Cheney hold-overs -- and their own naivete -- continue to enable.


OR (if link is corrupted / disabled): RE: "GESTAPO USA: Gov't-Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America"

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 13, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

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