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AP: Criticism Of Sotomayor Must Stop!

What passed for news at the DNC’s Associated Press:

GOP divided over tone of Sotomayor debate

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press Writer – Sat May 30

WASHINGTON – Republicans are divided over how aggressively to go after federal judge Sonia Sotomayor, a family feud about the tone of the coming debate over confirming the Supreme Court’s first Hispanic.

A growing chorus of GOP lawmakers and conservative strategists are voicing concern over the strident rhetoric some prominent Republicans have used to describe Sotomayor, and some are denouncing right-wing groups for swiftly launching negative advertisements against her.

The spat reflects a vexing question facing the GOP as it confronts President Barack Obama’s first high court nominee: They can’t defeat Sotomayor or block a final vote to seat her on the court, so what should they do instead?

The answer, according to high-profile Republicans like radio host Rush Limbaugh and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia is to harshly criticize Sotomayor. They both branded the federal judge — the daughter of Puerto Rican parents who was born and raised in New York — a "racist" this week for past remarks about how her ethnicity affected her judging. On Friday, Limbaugh likened picking Sotomayor to nominating former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke for the job.

But other leading Republicans, cognizant of the political risks for their party of opposing the first Hispanic woman to be named to the court, are struggling to change the terms of the debate. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the head of his party’s Senate campaign committee, sharply criticized Limbaugh and Gingrich for their words.

"I think it’s terrible. This is not the kind of tone that any of us want to set when it comes to performing our constitutional responsibilities of advise and consent," Cornyn told NPR. "Neither one of these men are elected Republican officials. I just don’t think it’s appropriate. I certainly don’t endorse it. I think it’s wrong."

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, GOP strategist Peggy Noonan urged her party to "play grown-up," and dismissed as "idiots" conservatives who were out to attack or brand Sotomayor…

What a typical piece of propaganda from the Democrats’ full-time lickspittle slaveys at the Associated Press.

A growing chorus of GOP lawmakers and conservative strategists are voicing concern over the strident rhetoric some prominent Republicans have used to describe Sotomayor, and some are denouncing right-wing groups for swiftly launching negative advertisements against her.

Who are these “conservative strategists” who want to stifle any questioning of Ms. Sotomayor? Peggy Noonan?

Who are the “prominent Republicans” who have used strident rhetoric to “describe” the protected one? Rush Limbaugh? Newt Gingrich?

And where on earth on the “negative advertisements” that “right-wing groups” have “swiftly” launched against her?

We sure haven’t seen any. Would that we would.

But other leading Republicans, cognizant of the political risks for their party of opposing the first Hispanic woman to be named [sic] to the court, are struggling to change the terms of the debate.

As Mr. Limbaugh has rightly noted, the Democrats never flinched at opposing the first black to be nominated to the court.

Nor did they blink at opposing a black woman, Janice Rogers Brown, when she was nominated to the federal court of appeals.

Nor did they hesitate in opposing the Hispanic Miguel Estrada’s nomination to the federal court of appeals.

Moreover, they opposed both Ms. Brown and Mr. Estrada precisely because they didn’t want him to end up on the Supreme Court.

And the AP and the rest of our watchdog media cheered their DNC bosses all along the way.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, May 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

25 Responses to “AP: Criticism Of Sotomayor Must Stop!”

  1. Petronius says:

    “This is not the kind of tone that any of us want…. I just don’t think it’s appropriate. I certainly don’t endorse it.” Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas).

    Everyone quotes T. S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men” on not with a bang but a whimper. But aren’t there even more appropriate quotes in Prufrock? “an easy tool, deferential, glad to be of use, politic, cautious, and meticulous; full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse. . . . Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach? I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.” Yes, that’s my Republican.

  2. proreason says:

    The American Bar Association says that Red Sonia is a member of La Raza:

    “According the American Bar Association, Sotomayor is a member of the NCLR, otherwise known as “La Raza”.

    As President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee comes under heavy fire for allegedly being a “racist,” Judge Sonia Sotomayor is listed as a member of the National Council of La Raza, a group that’s promoted driver’s licenses for illegal aliens, amnesty programs, and no immigration law enforcement by local and state police.

    According the American Bar Association, Sotomayor is a member of the NCLR, which bills itself as the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S.

    Meaning “the Race,” La Raza also has connections to groups that advocate the separation of several southwestern states from the rest of America. ”

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/john-stephenson/2009/05/29/media-ignores-obamas-scotus-nominees-membership-radical-la-raza-org

    In the Obamawellian age, racist organizations are considered patriotic, as long as the race being slandered is the white race.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the head of his party’s Senate campaign committee, sharply criticized Limbaugh and Gingrich for their words.

    “I think it’s terrible. This is not the kind of tone that any of us want to set when it comes to performing our constitutional responsibilities of advise and consent,” Cornyn told NPR. “Neither one of these men are elected Republican officials. I just don’t think it’s appropriate. I certainly don’t endorse it. I think it’s wrong.” [Excuse me – 1st Amendment – freedom of speech & oh yeah, did we not hear for the past 8 years that dissent was patriotic?!?]

    Writing in the Wall Street Journal, GOP strategist Peggy Noonan urged her party to “play grown-up,” and dismissed as “idiots” conservatives who were out to attack or brand Sotomayor… [See note above Ms Noonan]

    These comments are precisely why the GOP has lost the last 3 major elections – they are willing to roll over and do and say absolutely nothing as The One ™, the Dem Party and the Obamamedia set upon destroying America.

    Oh for a Republican with any guts to stand up to this crappola – oh wait there was one and she was vilified as being a -‘Republican blowup doll’- (to use one of the worst personal attacks lobbed at her).

    Words, just words – why doesn’t Steele, the RNC, the GOP and any R in DC think about the 2 million men & woman who put on the uniform of the Armed Forces and put their lives on the line – to protect and defend (which also use to be the motto of the LEOs) – and stop being afraid to call a racist, agenda driven Affirmative Action Disgrace excuse for a judge (who has ruled that the 2nd Amendment does not apply to the Individual (see DC v Heller for what the Supreme Court thinks about that one)) and simply say that she is not qualified to sit upon the Supreme Court.

    God Help America.

  4. caligirl9 says:

    Oh the LaRaza wackjobs abound here in San Jose!

    It’s okay for them to do this, but not okay for people who have U.S. heritage going back to the late 1600s–early 1700s to organize and have some sort of “Keep the United States the United States” organization.

    I hate the double-standards being used with this gal. Not to mention she’s NOT qualified. If she were a man of let’s say southern white heritage whose grandfather had been a Klan member, that guy would be run out on rails even though he’s guilty of nothing!

    Racism will end when we stop using it as the main selection criteria for a job, college admission, etc. The Supreme Court requires the best person for the job—a judge who will uphold the Constitution and not let his/her personal feelings or sense of misguided justice lead the way. Sex and color should not matter but in every job out there today, it’s the first consideration.

  5. TwilightZoned says:

    “A growing chorus of GOP lawmakers and conservative strategists are voicing concern over the strident rhetoric some prominent Republicans have used to describe Sotomayor, and some are denouncing right-wing groups for swiftly launching negative advertisements against her. ”

    When is the GOP going to grow a pair!!! The democraps NEVER have a problem attacking anyone conservative. I, like everyone here, was taught it’s always better to tell the truth. Her association with the group LaRaza does make her a racist. If the shoe fits, wear it!

    • TwilightZoned says:

      Thank goodness for the edit button. I did the get drunk and hope for the best thing last night. Note to self…don’t think while hungover.

    • JohnMG says:

      I can think of where it might fit TZ, if you forced it a little. ;-}

  6. oldswimcoach says:

    I would rather be considered uncivil than to have an incompetent leftist with racist interpretations of law sitting on the supreme court for the next 20-30 years.

    Where were these replubicans that are so concerned about the tenor and tone of the rhetoric when Bork was “Borked”? When Clarence Thomas nominated? Give me a break!

  7. Barbie says:

    I believe Sotomayor is a racist. I believe she is unqualified – 60% of her decisions have been overturned. Even her coworkers consider her intellectualism ‘lacking’and her reasoning unsound. I believe she will not uphold the oath of office. She deserves every criticism she gets on her record to date. The only qualification she possesses is how high and often she’ll jump when commanded by Obama.

    If a white man had said the things she’d said, there’s be a huge outcry with the result the man would have to withdraw.

    Our country deserves to have a Justice who takes the oath seriously.

    ” I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as (title) under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.”

  8. U NO HOO says:

    How can the Republicans lose the (insert the descriptive ethnic group name here) vote if the Republicans don’t have or never had the (insert the descriptive ethnic group name here) vote?

    I’m just asking.

    • texaspsue says:

      EXACTLY! The GOP is so worried about attracting voters that they can’t obtain while they alienate the voters that they already have. (Or should I say, LOSING the voters that they already had). Sheesh! When did the GOP start believing the propaganda from the MSM?

      I’m just keep hoping that this is all a great big hoax and more a case of a good cop/bad cop strategy. Sigh! That’s what I get for being a cockeyed optimist. sigh.

  9. U NO HOO says:

    Her mother wasn’t single, her mother was widowed.

    Was there any life insurance on the father?

    Again, I’m just asking.

    Remember PR citizens are US citizens. No evening naturalization course required.

    And etc., just tired of hearing about the quintessential American Alger Hiss, I mean Horatio Alger, story.

    We weren’t poor but I bought my own car when I got a full time job after graduation.

  10. U NO HOO says:

    Republican Senators, and you know which ones of you are, in respect to Nancy, Reagan!, “Just say NO” please!

  11. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Republicans are divided over how aggressively to go after federal judge Sonia Sotomayor”

    That’s because they have castrated themselves. They’ve all voluntarily become eunuchs with their tongues cut out.

    Family feud my foot. More like truth or consequences.

    • proreason says:

      “They’ve all voluntarily become eunuchs ”

      RINO’s and liberals are two sides of the same coin…….con-men feasting at the government trough.

      They value their ability to become rich beyond dreams far more than they value the country.

  12. BillK says:

    Noonan’s comments are no surprise as she’s continually shown herself to be to the left of McCain in her WSJ pieces of late.

    This my friends is the battle for the GOP in a nutshell – continue to follow the advice of liberal “advisors” and the MSM as to how the GOP is supposed to win against the party they all belong to, or take a stand and show the voters that the GOP stands for something – anything.

    I suspect from what I’ve seen the GOP will do the former and will continue their slide into becoming the modern-day Whigs.

  13. Wallaby says:

    >>As Mr. Limbaugh has rightly noted, the Democrats never flinched at opposing the first black to be nominated to the court.

    Democrats opposed Thurgood Marshall?

    • Petronius says:

      Justice Thurgood Marshall was indeed a member of the No Good Nine. He was also a notorious race hustler. Marshall once told Justice William Douglas and the other Brethren, “You guys have been discriminating for years. Now it’s our turn.” No doubt Marshall serves as a role model for Sonia Sotomayor.

    • proreason says:

      “Justice Thurgood Marshall … was also a notorious race hustler … Now it’s our turn.”

      That explains a lot of what is happening in this country today.

      But they will never understand that the rage that has been pounded into them since the 1940’s is turning them back into the slaves they haven’t been for 150 years. Only the masters now are Ayers/Alinsky/Obamy/Soros and co., happily pushing them around the commie chessboard.

  14. Enthalpy says:

    As a number of us have said before, Obama and the Democrats are great street fighters. The Sotomayor nomination provides a great illustration: put the women, children, and minorities out front in the battle–they are unassailable in the fight. Obama, Hillary, and Emanuel learned well from Saul Alinsky And Hamas!

    Perhaps it’s Cornyn’s responsibility to see to it that this advise and concent function is returned to a level of decency. It’s been lost to the process since the despicable Ted Kennedy and daffy Joe Biden instituted “borking.” Cornyn must demand that Ms. Sotomayor be properly vetted during this process. She must explain what Atzlan means to her. We should know what her thoughts are on voter IDs, driver’s licenses for illegals, language, culture, and assimilation. We would like to know what part of our Constitution allows the President of the The United States to become the CEO of our major corporations while he is in office-and much more. Cornyn needs to put up or shut up.

    • proreason says:

      If Cornyn folds, he must be booted out of office.

      The country has to learn the values of this woman and the scumbags she represents.

  15. wardmama4 says:

    We all know by now the (horribly) distorted (NOT) statement of Judge Sotomayor – “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,”-

    Now read this:
    Judge Sotomayor’s statement does not bother me because it is racist. It bothers me because it reveals shallowness and a poverty of experience that has no place on the bench of the Supreme Court. [Randall Hoven, Compelling White Guy Stories, American Thinker.com]

    I am tired of this ‘superior grievance’ and ‘continual victim’ attitude of the left . We all have our stories and to make ‘more’ special, ‘more’ pathetic, ‘more’ empathetic – any single one persons is to demean all. Which is what their real goal is – turn us all into lackeys for the chosen few at the top – with the fake, empty suit Teleprompter Precedent – set for life ruling controlling us until he dies.

    For nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37) – not even getting rid of or undoing the damage of The One ™, the Liberals and the Obamamedia.
    We just need some people willing to stand up for what is Right, Truth and America.

  16. texaspsue says:

    How about this…… The Republicans should be as courteous to Sotomayor as the Democrats were to Roberts and Alito at their hearings? Yep….we promise, just as civil. :-)

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,181286,00.html


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