Sunday, July 12, 2009
BREAKING NEW GROUND
As the Senate hearings begin for United States Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor, it will be interesting to see whether or not the Senate Republicans will be hurling the stones at her in retaliation for the way Democratic Senators went after Samuel Alito and John Roberts, both Bush 43 nominations, a few years ago.
Being an optimist, I would hope not. But also being a realist, that would be asking for too much.
Political theatre they call it on Capitol Hill and it appears from all indications on the Sunday morning gabfests, that once again it will be the case for this judicial confirmation hearing.
Sotomayor is a Latina woman and there has been much said regarding her background and whether she is a racist or not. This blogger isn't buying into any of that.
Barack Obama showed good judgment in his selection of Sotomayor and in spite of the current Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn a ruling that Sotomayor was a part of with two other judges, she should sail through these Senate hearings.
So that being said, congrats are in order to Sonia Sotomayor as she seeks to become the first Latino woman justice of the United States Supreme Court.
The reason for the early congrats and optimism that Senators will get this done in a timely manner is the fact the Democratic party rules the Senate now with 60 votes, which means it is potentially filibuster-proof. The Republicans cannot block this nomination. And that is a good thing for the United States as a country.
The partisan bickering of the past when it comes to Supreme Court justices has been down right embarrassing in some cases.
The classic example was Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991.
Remember that one? George Bush, Sr. nominated him and the event in the Senate practically turned into a carnival as Anita Hill emerged to shoot down Thomas' nomination. No need for the sordid details on that one because it all worked out and Thomas got the job.
In 1987, the late Ronald Reagan saw his nominee go down in flames when Robert Bork was rejected as a Supreme Court nominee and of course George W. Bush also had to withdraw his nomination of Harriet Miers is 2005 because she was simply not qualified for the position.
The Supreme Court is serious business and not to be taken lightly. However, expect the right wing pundits and even some "neutral" political commentators to do the usual hatchet jobs regarding Sotomayor as things get going on this matter.
My prediction is for a swift approval and then Justice Souter can go and enjoy retirement.
We will wait and see if justice prevails.