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Senate Makes History With Latina Token

From an elated Associated Press:

Senate poised to make history with Sotomayor vote

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Sonia Sotomayor stands on the verge of making history as the Supreme Court’s first Hispanic justice, despite staunch opposition from Republicans who call her ill-suited for the bench.

The Democratic-led Senate is set to vote Thursday to confirm President Barack Obama’s high court nominee, a 55-year-old appeals court judge of Puerto Rican descent who was raised in a New York City housing project, educated in the Ivy League and served 17 years on the federal bench.

Sotomayor picked up more GOP support Wednesday even as nearly three-quarters of the Senate’s 40 Republicans said they would vote "no" and contended she would bring liberal bias and personal sympathies to her decisions. With all Democrats expected to back her, she has more than enough votes to be confirmed, barring a surprise turn of events, in one of the Senate’s last actions before it breaks for the summer.

Democrats, praising her as a well-qualified judge and a mainstream moderate, are warning Republicans that they risk a backlash from Hispanic voters — a growing part of the electorate — if they oppose her. But Republicans bristle at the suggestion, noting that Democrats used extraordinary measures several years ago to block the confirmation of GOP-nominated Miguel Estrada, a Honduran-born attorney, to a federal appeals court.

GOP senators say their opposition to Sotomayor is based on her speeches and record, pointing to a few rulings in which they argue she showed disregard for gun rights, property rights and job discrimination claims by white employees. They also cite comments she’s made about the role that a judge’s background and perspective can play, especially a 2001 speech in which she said she hoped a "wise Latina" would usually make better decisions than a white man.

Republicans have been particularly critical of Sotomayor’s position on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. She was part of a panel that ruled this year that the amendment doesn’t limit state actions — only federal ones — in keeping with previous Supreme Court precedent. But gun rights supporters said her court shouldn’t have called the issue "settled law," and they criticized her for refusing during her confirmation hearings to go beyond what the high court has said and declare that the Second Amendment applies to the states…

It’s pretty sad history, is it not?

The Senate is set to make history by appointing a supreme court justice of questionable ability simply because she is a Latina woman and the court has never had a Latina woman.

We are once again telling the world that your ethnic, sexual, religious, racial identity is more important than your actual qualifications — even for one of the most important jobs in the world.

Of course we would never have heard of Mr. Barrack Hussein Obama if he had not been given the editorship of Harvard’s law review based on affirmative action. (It was on the strength of that he was offered a book contract to write about race. Which became his first autobiography, ‘Dreams.’)

Just like Ms. Susan Estrich was made the first female editor of the Law Review, Mr. Obama was the first black.

(Though, in her defence, unlike Obama, Estrich may have actually written some articles before getting the job.)

This year, the Review has also picked its first Hispanic law review editor.

Mr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be so proud.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 6th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Senate Makes History With Latina Token”

  1. CIV says:

    My understanding is that Obama was not Editor of the Harvard Law Review, but “President” — and that not only was he the first black president of HLR, but the first President of HLR, rather than Editor. Perhaps he asked for that title so he wouldn’t have to do any editing or writing?

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Another first to add to his “Highness” list: First Anti-American to hold the office of President.

    It is too bad that color and race are the norm instead of competence and worthiness.

  3. proreason says:

    There was a black editor about 60 years ago, but as you say, he was the first black person under the old name.

    And Obamy never claims himself to be the first black editor. Others claim it for him.

    And it is probably just a coincidence that the title changed at exactly the moment in time when it would provide the greatest advantage to Obamy in his effort to transparently reveal his background to the public.

    So, of course, it isn’t a lie.

    And if somebody misinterprets the information that could have been revealed with a few or a few dozen letters to Harvard’s legal department, then it isn’t Obamy’s fault that the reader didn’t do the proper research. Anybody who wasn’t willing to do the research didn’t deserve to know such picaune details anyway.

  4. Celina says:

    This all seems like such a bad joke. I see my fellow latinos falling all over themselves in support of Sotomajor yet I know of not one person who can explain why she would make such a fantastic justice. Oh, wait, other than that she is a Latina and bring some latin sensibility to the court. Whoa. That people believe that is a good thing makes me cringe with worry for all people. It strengthens my resolve to get my children into the good old fashioned private school that I found in my area.

    This is like Election 2008 all over again with the race BS.

    (edited for typo)

  5. catie says:

    In many ways this is just a switch out for Sutter. However, he will be replaced by this brilliant, legal mind. Maybe she should change her name to Token, like that character on South Park.

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