GOP: How do you solve a problem like Maria? Oops, make that Sonia.

From POLITICO:

President Barack Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee, Second District Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, began taking hits from the right as her nomination was announced Tuesday morning, with top conservatives describing her as a hardline liberal who would impose her personal agenda on the Court.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee called Sotomayor’s appointment “the clearest indication yet that President Obama’s campaign promises to be a centrist and think in a bipartisan way were mere rhetoric.”

(And by the way, kids, he didn’t even get her name right when he started bitching and moaning about her. He called her Maria.)


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“Sotomayor comes from the far left,” Huckabee said in a statement. “The notion that appellate court decisions are to be interpreted by the ‘feelings’ of the judge is a direct affront of the basic premise of our judicial system that is supposed to apply the law without personal emotion. If she is confirmed, then we need to take the blindfold off Lady Justice.”

(No word if Chuckleberry said the same of Samuel Alito when he was up for confirmation.)

Charmaine Yoest, the president of Americans United for Life, blasted Sotomayor as “a radical pick that divides America.”

“She believes the role of the Court is to set policy, which is exactly the philosophy that led to the Supreme Court turning into the National Abortion Control Board,” Yoest said.

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The Judicial Confirmation Network circulated a memo from its counsel, Wendy Long, calling Sotomayor a “favorite of far-left special interest groups” who will “indulge … left-wing policy preferences instead of neutrally applying the law.”

(Wendy Long is on Hardball right now. She’s an idiot! She would have no problem with just white guys on the Supreme Court.)

“Sotomayor readily admits that she applies her feelings and personal politics when deciding cases,” Long charged, citing as evidence Sotomayor’s ruling in Ricci v. DeStefano, a Connecticut-based case about racial preferences, and a 2002 speech the judge delivered at Berkeley.

Writing in POLITICO’s Arena, Roger Pilon, the vice president for legal affairs at the Cato Institute, echoed Long’s assessment and pointed to the same case – Ricci – as an example of judicial activism.

“President Obama chose the most radical of all the frequently mentioned candidates before him,” Pilon said.

…snip…

Some Republican officeholders were more tentative in their reactions, vowing to apply rigorous scrutiny to Sotomayor’s record.

“Senate Republicans will treat Judge Sotomayor fairly,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement.

…snip…

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele released a restrained statement, declaring: “Republicans will reserve judgment on Sonia Sotomayor until there has been a thorough and thoughtful examination of her legal views.”

From POLITICO:

A spokesman for Mitt Romney sends over his statement:

    The nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court is troubling. Her public statements make it clear she has an expansive view of the role of the judiciary. Historically, the Court is where judges interpret the Constitution and apply the law. It should never be the place “where policy is made,” as Judge Sotomayor has said. Like any nominee, she deserves a fair and thorough hearing. What the American public deserves is a judge who will put the law above her own personal political philosophy.

From McClatchy:

MIAMI — Caller after caller to a radio show popular in Central Florida’s booming Puerto Rican community gushed Tuesday over President Barack Obama’s decision to nominate one of their own to the nation’s highest court.

Even the Republicans.

“I thought partisan lines would prevail, but they did not,” said the show’s host, Fernando Miguel Negron, who endorsed Obama last year but has supported Republican candidates.

…snip…

The overwhelming response during Negron’s four-hour show to Sonia Sotomayor and her inspiring story — from Bronx housing project to Yale Law School to federal appellate judge — illustrates the challenge her nomination poses for the Republican party, which is struggling to make up the ground lost with Hispanic voters during heated battles over immigration reform.

Though conservative groups assailed Sotomayor as a “liberal” and an “activist judge,” most Republican leaders in Florida and nationwide treaded gingerly.

Sen. Mel Martinez, who backed former President George W. Bush’s more conservative choices for the Supreme Court and was considered a potential nominee for an earlier opening, said he hoped for a “fair and thorough” confirmation process.

…snip…

Miami’s Ninoska Perez Castellon, a frequent and fierce Obama critic, said of Sotomayor on her Spanish-language radio show: “Only in America.”

“As a Cuban you have to feel proud,” Perez Castellon, a founder of the conservative Cuban Liberty Council, said in an interview.

But there were some who were conspicuously and uncharacteristically quiet…

Miami’s three Cuban-American Republican members of Congress — Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart and Lincoln Diaz-Balart — were silent on the nomination.


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And many national and state party leaders held their fire in what is typically a fierce political battle.

“For today, we congratulate Judge Sotomayor on this accomplishment and look forward to the coming weeks as members of the United States Senate face the daunting task of carefully analyzing Judge Sotomayor’s qualifications and experience . . .” said Jim Greer, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida.

Republicans were divided over Sotomayor when she faced Senate confirmation in 1998 for a seat on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Among the 25 Republicans backing her was then-Florida Sen. Connie Mack.

Gov. Charlie Crist, the leading Republican candidate to replace Martinez in the Senate in 2010, said of Sotomayor’s nomination: “I’ll take a look at it.”

The only prominent Florida Republican to issue a statement critical of Sotomayor was former House Speaker Marco Rubio, who is aggressively courting the party’s conservative wing as he challenges Crist for his party’s nomination.

“Judge Sotomayor deserves a fair hearing and respectful treatment, but there is much in her legal background that is troubling and demands scrutiny and honest discussion,” Rubio said.

Carlos Curbelo, chairman of the state party’s Hispanic Leadership Council, noted that Democrats blocked Bush’s potentially historic nomination of a Hispanic to the U.S. Court of Appeals. The filibuster of Honduran-born Miguel Estrada was the first ever to be used against an appeals court nominee.

…snip…

Unlike the Cuban-American community in South Florida, which has long standing ties to the Republican party, the Puerto Rican community in Central Florida is known for its political independence. Obama’s investment in the Orlando area paid off when Hispanic voters statewide favored the Democratic presidential nominee for the first time in decades.

“The party already made those gains, and now it’s a matter of keeping them,” said Democratic state Rep. Darren Soto, the only Puerto Rican member of the state Legislature, who said he would hit Orlando-area radio talk shows this week to promote Sotomayor.

…snip…

Another Florida factor: Sotomayor’s mother, Celina Sotomayor, now lives in Margate, a suburb north of Miami, in a condo she bought in 2001, acccording to property records.

(For the record, Margate is a suburb of Fort Lauderdale not Miami.)

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24 responses to “GOP: How do you solve a problem like Maria? Oops, make that Sonia.

  1. I just hope the confirmation process doesn’t get TOO dirty, although it appears to be going in that direction.

    • ynb,
      i don’t think it will get too dirty within the senate itself. the cowards in the senate will leave it to king rushbo, karl rove, and their other mouthpieces to spew the nonsense.

  2. What a glorious moment in history!!
    Not that we really want to hear from Huck & Mitt….
    but it’s kind of fun watching their heads spin.

    Old Rush immediately blew a gasket, and on down the line. Quite entertaining.

    Oh & can you answer me this: If all this bloviating about neutrality – personal agenda, personal emotion (she IS a woman, after all & they are notoriously emotional!), and has *gasp* left-wing policy preferences…. then why did the Shrub stack the court with right wingers?

    Oooooh THAT kind of neutrality– GOP brand.

    It’s funny the Tres Cubano/Americano/ Politicos are so stunned, they have *shut their mouths*.
    Que predicamento!

    • you know, little by little the rethugs are digging their own graves. even the fundie base will eventually be disgusted with them. they keep marginalizing themselves. they might have once been able to diss anyone who isn’t straight, white, and christian, but society has changed. except for those who deliberately wall themselves off from anyone not like them, people work with or live next door to or go to school with someone who is part of one minority group or another. they realize that the gay guy at work is a nice person who has no interest in molesting their child; the immigrant next door is hard-working and friendly and kind; the black lady doctor is just as smart and able as the white male doctor and is more compassionate. the rethugs can no longer diss them all without alienating a lot of people. it’s not just the members of the minority who will be forever out of the rethugs’ reach, but a lot of people who live in their orbit. when those people realize that the rethugs are lying about the people they know, they will wonder what else they are lying about.

      okay, that all made sense in my head, but i’m not sure i explained it well.

      • You explained it very well, the lies are coming undone & as they do, the rest of their agenda or spin becomes questionable too. Basically it’s all falling apart for the GOP.

        …. one lugnut even spoke out about having to pronounce her name correctly…. “it’s not normal english language to emphasize the ending syllables.”

        soto myYOUR

        Gringo! I propose just to mess with him, we roll the “r”

        soto myYOURrrrr

        Then add this:

        Supreme Court Justice soto myYOURrrrr

        It has a nice ring to it, don’tcha think?

        • well, he’s convinced me. from now on, i will pronounce names the way they look. i think i’ll begin with john boner!

          • Speaking of boners, have you heard any snippets from Rush Limbaugh lately? He’s starting to whisper into the mike and speak in very odd, dramatic tones, drawing out certain words for way too many beats.
            I think he’s pushing himself over the edge.
            Bon voyage, hippo.

  3. Oh hey! Come by for some (cyber) ice cream…

  4. propagandee

    “(Wendy Long is on Hardball right now. She’s an idiot! She would have no problem with just white guys on the Supreme Court.)”

    Makes you wonder how she’d feel about a Supreme Court composed of all Latinas…

    • tweety was shooting at her feet and making her dance. i want to play poker with rethug pundits. their tells are so obvious. wendy would look off to the side at someone offscreen and roll her eyes. pat buchanan does his nervous laugh. others start to stutter when they are forced away from their talking points. it’s rather entertaining to watch!

      (p.s. nice to see you over here, props! mmwwaahhhh)

  5. I dedicate this song to the Three Amigos.

    • oh my, they’re gay caballeros! the rethugs would send deadeye dick out to shoot them, but they redeemed themselves when they waterboarded the guy, and he sang throughout and then smiled.

  6. Wow – it would be un-American to pronounce the judge’s name correctly ? This from the guy who refuses to buy coffee in Starbucks cause he aint orderin no effin’ grahn-day or no friggin Ven-teeey neither. And why the hell is a tall the smallest goddamn cup of shit they sell ? So-der-MAY’-er…now that’s friggin patriotic as hell.

  7. i saw that wendy long interview – perhaps she thinks women she just be barefoot and pregnant too.

    rush literally looks like he is about the have a stroke – and i hope he does. Latinos are going to be almost 1/3 of the electorate soon – and in Calif, Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas (red Texas) and a few other states – they will be half. the more they alienate all these groups (right now they get around 5% of the black vote, about 0% of the union vote, around 43% of the women’s vote, around 25% of the jewish vote, 0% of the muslim vote – i could go ) – they will continue to shrink like newt’s dick after a swim.

    when complete lunatic (hoiw do these people get elected?) jim demint said he would rather have 30 real republicans than 50 fake ones – be careful what you wish for. then again i can only hope that demint gets his wish

    • wendy long is the typical female rethuglican talking head. she’ll fight to keep other women in the kitchen while she does whatever the hell she wants to do.

      rush has gained about a thousand pounds, and he doesn’t look healthy at all. i’ve also noticed that deadeye dick seems to gasp for air after every sentence he utters.

      the rethugs are so damned stupid. they allow idiots like tom tancredo, rushbo, and newtie to brand sotomayor a racist. since that’s their starting point, then everything else they say about her, even if it’s valid, will sound like they are trying to sound like they aren’t bigots while everyone knows they are. if they had any brains at all, they would have attacked her rulings and left the personal attacks out of it. there’s no turning back for them now. they will piss off hispanics whenever they say a word about her.

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