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Obama on Past [Conservative] SCOTUS Judicial Nominees

May 31, 2009

Now that the presidential shoe is on the other foot, will Obama put his money where his mouth is? Should his past words come back to haunt him? Or will there be the double standard we have come to expect from the left? That is a rhetorical question folks.

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Obama's unbalanced Scales of Justice in regards to SCOTUS nominees


Floor Statement of Senator Barack Obama on the Confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito, Jr.
Thursday, January 26, 2006

“As we all know, there’s been a lot of discussion in the country about how the Senate should approach this confirmation process. There are some who believe that the President, having won the election, should have the complete authority to appoint his nominee, and the Senate should only examine whether or not the Justice is intellectually capable and an all-around nice guy. That once you get beyond intellect and personal character, there should be no further question whether the judge should be confirmed.

Obama pushes the Sotomayor  “American Dream” success story angle.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor has lived the American dream. Born to a Puerto Rican family, she grew up in a public housing project in the South Bronx.

Isn’t the “American Dream” a goal any “American” could achieve regardless of ethnicity? Or is the “American Dream” reserved for liberal American  minorities alone?

I disagree with this view. I believe firmly that the Constitution calls for the Senate to advise and consent. I believe that it calls for meaningful advice and consent that includes an examination of a judge’s philosophy, ideology, and record. And when I examine the philosophy, ideology, and record of Samuel Alito, I’m deeply troubled.

Memo to POTUS Obama:  When I a Gringa woman, “examine the philosophy, ideology, and record of Sonia Sotomayor,…

“our experiences as women and people of color affect our decisions.”

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I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

…I’m deeply troubled

Obama Statement on President Bush’s Nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court
Monday, October 31, 2005

“Though I will reserve judgment on how I will vote on Judge Alito’s nomination until after the hearings, I am concerned that President Bush has wasted an opportunity to appoint a consensus nominee in the mold of Sandra Day O’Connor and has instead made a selection to appease the far right-wing of the Republican Party.”

Barack Obama chose Sotomayor to appease his personal far left agenda.

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama on the Confirmation of Judge John Roberts
Thursday, September 22, 2005

I hope with the next nominee who comes up for the Supreme Court that the White House recognizes that in fact it is its duty not just to the Senate but to the American people to make sure we can thoroughly and adequately evaluate the record of every single nominee who comes before us.

Yes please “thoroughly and adequately evaluate the record” of Sonia Sotomayor. That is if you can manage to take the time off from your  identity politicking.

SCOTUS trivia: The average number of days between nomination and confirmation for the last five Supreme Court justices is 72 days. Justice Roberts was confirmed 72 days after his nomination, and Justice Ginsburg was confirmed in just 50 days.

“When Sonia Sotomayor ascends those marble steps to assume her seat on the highest court of the land,” Mr. Obama said as he introduced her in the East Room of the White House, “America will have taken another important step towards realizing the ideal that is etched above its entrance: Equal justice under the law.”

Let me get this straight. The possibility of Sonia Sotomayor being seated on the highest court in the land is an example of “Equal justice under the law”.  The exact polar opposite of her jaundiced social justice judicial view, which he shares. Does our un-glorious leader ever listen to himself speak?

It gets worse…

…apparently, if one believes the man that now would elevate Judge Sotomayor to Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, all in a callous land devoid of justice:

This woman is brilliant, she is qualified, I want her confirmed, I want her walking up those marble steps and starting to provide some justice

Move along nothing to see, Sotomayor simply “misspoke”. What a relief. Heh

“She misspoke,” said Lanny Davis, a White House lawyer and spokesman for President Bill Clinton.

No matter what you think you read. You didn’t read it the way she may meant it if she “would of restated it”. What?

“I’m sure she would have restated it,” President Obama told NBC News

Oakey dokey. Trust me.  Barack Obama– Hoodwinker bamboozler extraordinaire.

Gibbs explains it all away as a “poor choice of words”

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs also tried to explain Sotomayor’s words Friday to reporters. “I think she’d say that her word choice in 2001 was poor; that she was simply making the point that personal experiences are relevant to the process of judging,” Gibbs said. “Your personal experiences have a tendency to make you more aware of certain facts in certain cases, that your experiences impact your understanding.”

So no more political correctness? No more hate speech? Ignore all ignorant statements as a “poor choice of words” ? No matter “who” said it”  Cool! Or is that option only reserved for left leaning “minorities” ?

Food for thought:  Forget Whether She Qualifies as a “Racist.” Would Judge Sotomayor Qualifiy as a Juror?

Sources:
NY Times
White House
Alliance For Justice
Pat Dollard
The Right Perspective
The Minority Report [Snark fan? Read it all]
Toon H/T The Ugly American @SondraK




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Previously:
About that Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Quotage by Obama…
Is Justice Blind in the Eyes of Obama SCOTUS Nominee Sonia Sotomayor?
Obama On His Criteria For SCOTUS Judges – Then and Now

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