Verum Serum brings up a good point, noting that ¡Olé! Sotomayor Hearings Have Advanced Conservatism. After all, if our ideals for judging weren’t sound why did she strain so hard to sound like a judicial conservative?
Why didn’t she say that instead of picking people who can interpret the law properly, judges should be chosen based on President Obama’s standards?
We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old. And that’s the criteria by which I’m going to be selecting my judges. (Barrack Obama, pre-election)
Why did her views agree with the McCain supporters from this pre-election Rasmussen poll instead of the Obama supporters?
While 82% of voters who support McCain believe the justices should rule on what is in the Constitution, just 29% of Barack Obama’s supporters agree. Just 11% of McCain supporters say judges should rule based on the judge’s sense of fairness, while nearly half (49%) of Obama supporters agree.
From the link above:
But the fact that Sotomayor went out of her way to declare her absolute fidelity to the Law, and deference to Congress as the only legitimate law-making body under the Constitution, says something very important. It says that she needed to at least sound like a conservative in order to be confirmed. It says that fundamentally we are right, and that the majority of the public agrees with us, which from a political standpoint is even more important.
And in the process of sounding like John Roberts, Sotomayor directly refuted the President’s standard of empathy as a necessary or desired trait in judging. Of course it’s gratifying that she made the President look somewhat foolish over this. But more significantly, it will be that much harder for any future nominees to rely on “empathy” as justification for a progressive interpretation of the law. And I’d bet that we won’t hear the President speaking about this again either.
Why did she do a 180 from the video below? All you need is 26 seconds to know that Sotomayar is unqualified:
This wasn’t some slip of the tongue or misstatement. We should be charitable to anyone who makes an innocent misstatement and let them correct it. But as one blogger put it, this was pure wink-wink-nudge-nudge. She made no secret of how she really felt and the audience laughed along.
Given her errors on the role of judges, she is not only unqualified to be a Supreme Court justice, she isn’t even qualified to judge a local dog show. I mean that in the most literal sense. Judges interpret laws, they don’t make them. It couldn’t be more simple.