I’m Not Impressed…

…with the performance thus far of Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor.  From what I have read in the news (mainstream and other) as well as the few videos I have seen. her presence before the Senate Judiciary Committee has been well rehearsed and designed to put at ease those who would oppose her nomination.  But then, should we expect anything else?

Let us not forget that a nomination to the Supreme Court is a political decision, one that is designed to influence the law of the land far beyond the current administration.  It is for that reason alone that a well balanced and qualified Judiciary sits upon that Court.

And that is where I have the problems with Nominee Sotomayor…

Individually, her comments involving the “wise Latina woman” and federal courts of appeals are "where policy is made.” were explained away in a half-assed way.  But taken together along with her involvement with the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (which has been characterized by some as a racist organization) does point to some rather uncomfortable opinions that the Nominee has.

But let’s set aside what opinions that Nominee Sotomayor may have.  After all, people do not live in a vacuum – they have opinions, beliefs, and thoughts that may not agree with everyone.  They may belong to organizations that may be activist in nature, and have goals that you may not agree with.  So what are we really left with to determine a person’s qualifications for the highest Court in the Land?

Answer:  Their record.

It is not Nominee Sotomayor’s opinions or affiliations that bother me, nor is it her compelling rise from humble beginnings through hard work (which Justice Clarence Thomas also shares).  Rather, what is her record?

Her record is abysmal.  Several news organizations have reported that an astounding 71% of judicial decisions that she was involved in (and in favor of) have been overturned on appeal.  That is a 29% rate of ruling correctly!  In most schools and businesses, that is a failing grade.  The latest of these botched decisions is the now famous Ricci “fireman” case.

Do we, the citizens of the United States, want a person sitting on the Supreme Court that has a failing grade in ruling correctly?  I think not.  I want the best person for the job, and Judge Sonia Sotomayor is not the person.

It is the record of Judge Sonia Sotomayor that should be examined more closely than her personal opinions by the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Those are facts that can be explored in detail, not suppositions and second guessing which cannot.

If you agree, write, call, or email your Senator in expressing your concerns with President Obama’s political nominee to the Supreme Court.


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4 Responses to I’m Not Impressed…

  1. Jennifer says:

    Great post Tom! I agree with you that she should not be judged on “who” she is but what we are asking her to do. Decide fairly based on who she is. I haven’t seen that, and I don’t understand why they can’t get past the rehearsed speeches.

  2. Leslie says:

    Excellent post, Tom. Their record! But they won’t look at that… It is all a racial issue now, and how hard of a childhood a ‘minority’ has suffered and what kind of poverty and deprivation she has climbed out of.

  3. This particular affiliation of Sotomayor’s concerns me:

    Senorita Sotomayor served on the governing board of La Raza for six years.

  4. Tom says:

    Jennifer – It’s all about having “face-time” with the media, thus the rehearsed speeches. This is a political selection process which often precludes selecting the correct person for the position.

    Leslie – We are such a “politically-correct” society that we cannot even hint at some motivation as racial prejudice from a minority. Yes, the rags to riches story is compelling, but it is by no means a practical qualification.

    Always On Watch – While I too am concerned about the affiliation with La Raza, it is her application of the law equally in all instances to all people regardless of race, religion, beliefs, etc… The record of her rulings would reflect any bias that she has against any particular group and would indicate her positions on issues that have come before her. In the Ricci case, that prejudice (at least in my opinion) was on full display.

    Sotomayor’s record is the only legitimate point of attack that our Senators will not utilize because it might “offend” or otherwise allow a race card to be played, potentially impacting a political career. After all, Robert Byrd was or is still a member of the KKK, and no one has questioned him.

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