Judge Sotomayor meets the senators: What they said, what they meant

Ron Fournier, AP’s Washington bureau chief, writes an entertaining interpretation of the political lingo being used in the pre-confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor.

Read his piece here.

7 Responses to Judge Sotomayor meets the senators: What they said, what they meant

  1. Kate says:

    Reminds me of a small booklet now State Treasurer, Dean Martin, handed out when he was State Senator for LD 6. Hopefully someone will remember what he called it, but he takes a phrase of “liberal speak” and interprets it’s true meaning.
    These liberals play with words as loosely as they play with the truth.

  2. Villanova says:

    Why didn’t this ethnicity issue play out on the Arizona Supreme Court when interviews were recently conducted for a justice to replace AZ Supreme Court Justice Ruth McGregor?

    Court of Appeals Judge Phil Espinosa would have been the first Hispanic on the AZ high court. Instead the highly qualified jurist was quite inaccurately deemed “arrogant” by one of the commissioners in a successful word-game attempt to keep him off the short list. That word would much more appropriately be used to describe Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

  3. Capt. Marvel says:

    The cloying comments about Sonia Sotomayor, if appointed, being the “Hispanic pioneer” on the Supreme Court are bogus. Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo was Portuguese, definitely Hispanic, last I heard.

    Seeing Red AZ ought to rerun this excellent post on the subject — it took me a while to locate it. Bet you could do so a whole lot quicker!


  4. Pima County Guy says:

    Arizona’s judicial selection commission is constitutionally mandated to consider all qualifications, diversity among them. Judge Espinosa, who lives in Pima County, would have brought geographic as well as ethnic diversity, since all five of the AZ Supreme Court justices reside in Maricopa County. Funny how these issues take a back seat on the state stage but loom so large on the national scene.

  5. Kimball says:

    Another good reason to revisit the “insider judicial trading” process erroneously called merit selection. It remains manipulated by an elite few rather than being answerable to the people.

    Only two counties (Maricopa and Pima) and the appellate courts (that includes the Courts of Appeals and Supreme Court in Arizona) use it. Thirteen other counties (out of 15) still have the ability to elect their judges.

    My brother is a lawyer who lives in Pinal County and according to him they are quite pleased with their system.

  6. patriotmom says:

    The fix is in on Sotomayor. The key is to get Congress back in 2010 before Obama can replace moderate judges with more Sotomayors or Ginsburgs. God forbid we get stuck with BHO for 8 years- the ACLU will be running the Court!

  7. Doug Johnson says:

    We should all pray for long and healthy lives for Supreme Court Justices Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito.

    As the aging liberals retire and die off, Barack Hussein Obama will replace them with exactly the type you (and other thinking Americans) fear, Patriot Mom.