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Sotomayor Confirmation (Day 2)

Posted by AB on July 14, 2009

It was a long, but impressive day two for Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor.  Today, she was questioned by Senate Judiciary Committee members.  As expected, by many, most Republicans on the panel focused on an out-of-context quote from an eight year-old speech about being a “wise Latina.”  Even after she said, clearly, that no ethnicity, race, or gender made a person more or less qualified to make better judgements, the questions and veiled accusations continued.

All of this seems ironic when faced with the requests, by Republican committee members, to have more time to study her lengthy judicial record.  In all actuality, we could have done this thing a week after her nomination, when the quote was well-vetted over and over and over again. 

I wasn’t able to see the entire day’s questioning, and from what I saw, it was not all Republicans that were stressing this quote, so I do not mean to imply that.  It was, however, most Republican members who asked question today.

Just par for the course, I guess, and Sotomayor handled the questions well.  I do wonder, though, how concerned the committee was of President George W. Bush’s two nominees–two white males–that they might be biased in favor of their race and gender.  That’s rhetorical.  Of course they weren’t concerned.

The hearing will continue tomorrow, and I hope that we can go at least an hour without hearing the phrase “wise Latina.”

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