Monday, July 13, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor on Capitol Hill: 'Give Her Some Bork!'

From the comments at Ann Althouse's Sonia Sotomayor live-blogging, "Give her some Bork!"

I'll say ...

At the video, Senator Jeff Sessions, Ranking GOP Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, argues that Sotomayor's left-wing ideology will "flower" as a member of the Supreme Court. (And the reaction: "Sessions “Flabbergasted” by Sotomayor's Philosophy.")

Yeah, her confirmation is all but certain, but the push we've seen on the left to turn Judge Sotomayor as a "judicial moderate" has been stunning. It's gone so far that E.J. Dionne's now attack Republicans as the "real radicals":

This week's hearings on Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court represent the opening skirmish in a long-term struggle to challenge the escalating activism of an increasingly conservative judiciary.

The Senate's Republican minority does not expect to derail Sotomayor, who would be the first Hispanic and only the third woman to serve on the court, and they realize that their attack lines against her have failed to ignite public attention, or even much interest.
Her restrained record as a lower-court judge has made it impossible to cast her credibly as a liberal judicial activist. "They haven't laid a glove on her," said Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), her leading Senate supporter ....

In this battle, it is she, not her critics, who represents moderation and judicial restraint.

I've edited the context (so RTWT), but it's the concluding point that's key: Democrats will paint opponents of Sotomayor's racist extemism as the "real radicals."

More at Memeorandum.

Also Blogging:

* Michelle Malkin, "Day One: Spotlight on Sotomayor."

* Ed Morrissey, "Sotomayor, Day 1: Hispanics Promise Lots of Scrutiny of GOP."

* Betsy Newmark, "What to Ask Sonia Sotomayor."

* Via Glenn Reynolds, John Cornyn has "Some Questions for Judge Sotomayor."

* Jill Stanek, "Sotomayor Opening Features Shout-Out From Pro-Lifer."

* Stop the ACLU, "Sotomayor’s Selective Empathy."

* Volokh Conspiracy, "Ask About Clauses Not Cases."

And, on the smearing of Frank Ricci:

* Pundette & Pundette, "So It's Un-American to Stand Up For Your Rights?"