Tuesday, May 26, 2009

"The Case Against Sotomayor"

This is making the rounds from TNR. This is exactly what we expected from Pres. Obama.

The most consistent concern was that Sotomayor, although an able lawyer, was "not that smart and kind of a bully on the bench," as one former Second Circuit clerk for another judge put it. "She has an inflated opinion of herself, and is domineering during oral arguments, but her questions aren't penetrating and don't get to the heart of the issue."

Ouch. Read the whole thing

More on Sotomayor here.

My Take: To be honest, ever since the Clarence Thomas hearings I have been disgusted with the entire process of the Supreme Court hearings. The Democrats made it into personal despicable smearing. They couldn't find any good personal stuff to smear Alito and Roberts. They were stuck there. I just hope we don't follow suit. I don't want it to be like that. If she has made decisions that question whether she should be on the court, then fine, let that be vetted. But please, no personal junk. Please. Let Thomas be the last one to have endure such a terrible process.

No one Obama is going to nominate will please us. We know that. I just feel that if a nominee is qualified (and I'm not saying she is, we do need to look at her decisions and her past in politics and career), then we need to let a President have who he wants.

Unfortunately, whether we like or not or think it's fair, it won't look good for Republicans to be bashing a Hispanic. Yes, I know the same rule didn't apply to Albert Gonzales. We all know the same rules don't apply to conservatives. We should be used to that by now.

A fair and honest assessment is what we need. Not drama, not bashing. Let the Democrats do that. Let's be above it.