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Sessions Says Sotomayor ‘Prejudiced’

From The Hill:

Sessions calls Sotomayor ‘prejudiced’

Republicans came out firing at this morning’s confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor, as Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, accused Sotomayor of being prejudiced.

Citing a controversial racial bias case in which a fire department discarded the results of a qualifying test when black firefighters scored too low, Sessions said Sotomayor was biased in favor of the minority employees.

"It seems to me that in [Ricci v. DeStefano], Judge Sotomayor’s empathy for one group of firefighters turned out to be prejudice against the others," Sessions said.

But Sessions’s attack wasn’t confined to the Ricci v. DeStefano case. The Alabama Republican indicted Sotomayor’s entire philosophy as based on non-judicial factors.

"Call it empathy, call it prejudice, or call it sympathy, but whatever it is, it is not law. In truth it is more akin to politics. And politics has no place in the courtroom," Sessions said.

Sessions statement is a clear sign that Republicans intend to hammer away at the Ricci case when they have a chance to question Sotomayor tomorrow.

Republicans will also call two of the firefighters from that case to testify later in the week.

Since Ms. Sotomayor has oft remarked that everyone is prejudiced (and indeed, that is a good thing), it’s odd that mentioning this is described by The Hill as ‘coming out firing.’

Oh, and do note that Ms. Sotomayor will not even been subject to any questioning from the Republicans until tomorrow.

When people will have already lost interest and moved on to other things.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Sessions Says Sotomayor ‘Prejudiced’”

  1. Confucius says:

    As a certified minority and wise chinko-americano, I can say beyond a reasonable doubt that Senorita Sotomayor is a racist.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    We didn’t make this stuff up. It is her judgments that are being recalled and from what I’ve seen so far, this is going to get ugly. I hope it gets Clarence Thomas ugly!!
    This woman is clearly a “Racistsaurus” and drinks her kool-aid from a trough.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    Poor Sonia is getting shots fired at her by the big nasty racist Republicans! Outrageous! They’re literally polishing their guns Cheney-style on capitol hill while waiting for her. Poor victim. She can’t even stand, why are they being so mean.

    Did she get her leg checked out at the clinic of the upcoming Surgeon General Dr. Benjamin? It better not have been one of those evil nasty profiteering hospitals.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Steve you bring up a good point by the way. Everyone has been so quick to extol how nice, well-tempered, and ’empathetic’ Sotomayor is. I really wouldn’t be surprised tomorrow if – like Obama – the moment the opposition asks her about some of this personal stuff you see a series of sneers, jeers, and glares of contempt. I doubt she’ll be able to keep her composure; Liberals can’t handle personal criticism (they can handle professional because they can just rant and rant and rant until nobody cares anymore), even though everything about them is presented from the personal viewpoint. Everything about Sotomayor’s nomination has been framed around personal issues: her tough life, her ‘enlightened’ perspective.

      But by tomorrow as Steve pointed out, no one will care. The people barely care now.

    • BatK says:

      Keep the faith…some people are beginning to clue in.. though I wouldn’t recommend looking at poll numbers as a general rule, clearly with the approval rating going down and the fact that more and more people see the Goebbels style “news” coverage of the big three networks for what it really is, they are beginning to ask more questions… at least I’d like to hope so.

  4. proreason says:

    Sessions……rising to the top of the list of Republicans.

    Of course, he has an unassailable handicap. He looks and acts like a middle-aged white male.

    How could he possibly ever amount to anything.

    He better stick to his natural role as a feeding trough for more valuable human beings.

  5. bronzeprofessor says:

    Why don’t we deal with her the way liberals treat conservatives, and just call her names.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Okay, I gotta say it, even if I get called arrogant.

      Because we’re better than them.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Okay…..no name calling but can we toss the ol’ nag a couple of sugar cubes?

  6. Right of the People says:

    Bork the bitch!

  7. Petronius says:

    But are you “prejudiced” or “racist” if what you say is true?

    If Sotomayor says that a wise Latina woman is smarter than a white man, and then a bunch of old white men in the U.S. Senate vote to put her on the Supreme Court, doesn’t that prove her point?

  8. BatK says:

    Watching the hearings with the mute button on… she just looks like an angry, bitter woman… and I don’t mean that disrespectfully, it’s just really evident

  9. pdsand says:

    Don’t you people know that liberals have agreed amongst themselves that racism has to come from a position of power? Since wise latinas don’t yet have power over whites, she cannot be a racist.

  10. canary says:

    I hope they got her old boss say when she was a prosecuter she was easier on minorities.
    Did anyone catch what the protestors were chanting when they were thrown out.? It was during Al Franken’s speech. She looked upset.

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