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Posts Tagged ‘confirmation’

Confirmed!

Posted by AB on August 6, 2009

No surprise, but very gratifying for her supporters. Judge Sonia Sotomayor has been confirmed by a Senate vote of 68-31. She will be only the third woman and first Hispanic to sit upon this nation’s highest court. Judge Sotomayor will be sworn-in as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Saturday.

Nine Republicans voted “Yea,” while the rest of the Republican members of the US Senate voted “Nay.” There will, no doubt, be a political fallout for those who voted “Nay,” and some Pepublicans who voted “Yea.” This is not the time for that, however. We should all appreciate this historic moment in our nation’s history.

This confirmation is great for the United States of America, and not just because of her gender or race, but because she is immensely prepared to become a great Supreme Court Justice. I, for one, am very proud.

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Sotomayor Confirmation (Day 4)

Posted by AB on July 16, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor completed her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, making way for the testimony of witnesses.  The most anticipated of those witnesses was Frank Ricci and Ben Vargas, two New Haven Firefighters who filed suit against the City of New Haven for throwing out test scores that were considered to be discriminatory.

Today’s testimony was much like the previous day’s, with Republican members and their witnesses harping on race, guns, and abortion.  It become a joke, really, and they will likely pay a political price with women and Hispanics.  There were several Republicans who stated that they had no desire to filibuster her nomination, which is a good thing considering  that they were talking civil war during the Roberts and Alito hearings, when Democrats threatened a filibuster.

There should be a committee vote on Sotomayor’s nomination early next week, and the full Senate should vote shortly after.  I don’t know how many Republican votes she will get, but she will certainly be confirmed prior to the August recess.

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Sotomayor Confirmation (Day 3)

Posted by AB on July 15, 2009

There was more of the same in the second day of questioning on Capitol Hill.  Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor conducted herself with class and showed immense knowledge of case-law.  I wish I could say the same for the Republican committee members. 

I really wanted to give the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee the benefit of the doubt, but that ship has sailed in regard to these hearings.  They continued to question her, and complain about the “wise Latina” comment.  She answered the same questions several times yesterday, and was forced to so so again, today.

The all-white, all-male group of Republicans continue to disrespect the female judge of Puerto Rican descent, in terms of gender and race.  I would never vote for these men to begin with, but women and Hispanics are watching closely, and Republicans will continue to alienate them while attempting to appease their base.  Just because they say they are being respectful doesn’t make it so.

Another round of questions for Ms. Sotomayor tomorrow, along with the beginning of testimony from witnesses.  It should be interesting, especially when the New Haven Firefighters are called to damage the nominee.

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