Sonia Sotomayor

Republican opportunities in the Sotomayor nomination

When it comes to the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, Republicans have an opportunity to do something that would benefit both themselves and the nation.   That is, they should use the process as a chance to hold forth on the meaning of the Constitution and the proper role of the judiciary in our political system and society.

Three main areas are ripe with opportunity for Republicans if they have the nerve to play hardball.

First, the notion that "empathy" should play any role in American justice.

Obama previously stated that he wanted judges that had "empathy" when it came to how they made their decisions. But empathy is merely a euphemism for justifying politically liberal results.

President Obama selects an extreme left-wing partisan for Supreme Court

As expected, President Barack Obama went far to the left to select, as his first Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, an Hispanic left-wing extremist. As Supreme Court watcher Tim O'Brien said this morning, Judge Sotomayor will be the most liberal justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Sotomayor laughingly told an audience that we make policy from the bench which should satisfy the president's desire to have judges make their decisions based on empathy and not on the law. However, the symbol of justice in America is blind-folded which means that justice is blind and decisions by judges should be based on the law and not on emotions.

Right out of the box, contrary to the president's campaign promises -- to govern from the center, to reach out to his opponents, to establish a post-partisan presidency -- Obama has broken those promises and his Supreme Court selection is the latest example of his administration governing from the extreme left.

Judge Sotomayor, who has been an appeals court judge for about ten years on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, had a high profile role in an affirmative action case involving white firefighters who were passed over for promotion in favor of minority candidates who were less-trained.

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