So far the Republicans have failed to instill in the American public a fear of Sonia Sotomayor. But I have faith that they will keep trying. However, as the public is introduced to Sotomayor, the Republicans will become more and more enraged that their bigoted tactics just aren’t going to work.
Rather than look at Sotomayor’s judicial work, the Republicans would prefer to hammer and yammer about comments she made years ago as evidence that she will be unable to keep an open and judicious mind while sitting on the high court. Well, for those who really are interested in her judicial leanings instead of old comments, the SCOTUS blog has an analysis of her appellate court decisions.
The analysis is eyeopening in that it contradicts the Republican picture of an out-of-control, left-wing, screaming Hispanic woman who just happens to be a justice. So let’s begin with some race cases – the area that so frightens the ‘Publicans. In the 96 race-related cases in which Sotomayor has been involved, Sotomayor REJECTED THE CLAIM OF DISCRIMINATION roughly 78 times. She and the panel agreed with the claim of discrimination only 10 times.
Of the 10 cases favoring claims of discrimination, 9 were unanimous – meaning Sotomayor wasn’t alone in her rejection of the claims. Of the 9, in 7, the unanimous panel included at least one Republican. Judge Sotomayor rejected claims of discrimination by a margin of 8-1 – truly something the ‘Publlicans don’t want to hear, let alone acknowledge.
In sum, in an eleven-year career on the Second Circuit, Judge Sotomayor participated in approximately 100 panel decisions involving questions of race and has disagreed with her colleagues a total of four times. Wowee! Four times. Given her record, it really is absurd and unfounded to say that Judge Sotomayor has allowed race to infect her decisionmaking.
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So just exactly what is it that the bigoted and scared Republicans want? Could it be that they won’t be happy until the high Court is once again all male and all white? Poor ‘Publicans, this must just be more than they can take. But it really is about time that the center moderate Republicans of this nation woke up and stopped letting the party right-wingers a la Limbaugh the Loser control their thoughts and minds by instilling fear of virtually everything.
Bigoted and scared – not a pleasant position for the Republicans to occupy. But one which they apparently enjoy!