Sotomayor v. Right Wing Idiocy


My goodness, those right wing folk do not know when to stick a rag in it, do they?

Randall Terry (Operation Rescue founder; former ICT visitor):  “Do GOP leaders have the courage and integrity to filibuster an activist, pro-Roe[v. Wade] judge?”

Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition: “The Republicans have got to take a stand on this one.  If they don’t, they can kiss their chances of ever getting back into power away.”

Read more at politico.


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29 responses to “Sotomayor v. Right Wing Idiocy

  1. One wise voice is being mostly ignored by the loud, offensive voices who rile up the anger and disappointment of the few left in the party. So, it does seem to be working well (against them!) and they’re managing to turn away people of reason.

    “Sotomayor is going to be confirmed. There is little doubt about it. So, going into weeks or months of paroxysms and hysterics about alleged “judicial activism” is just going to make the party look bitter, mean, tone deaf, and out of touch.”

  2. “Initial public reaction to the nomination of federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York for the U.S. Supreme Court runs more positive than negative, according to the Gallup Poll’s first measure of President Obama’s nominee.

    Nearly half of all Americans surveyed this week rated the nomination as “excellent” or “good” – 47% – and another 20% rated the choice as “fair.” Only 13% of those surveyed judged the nomination as “poor.”

    The survey was conducted Tuesday, the day the president announced his choice of Sotomayor, a member of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, to replace retiring Justice David Souter.

    Gallup, which has taken similar measures of public reaction to the nominations of other recent candidates for the Supreme Court, found that only Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2005, drew a stronger initial review from the public. One quarter of those surveyed called Roberts an excellent choice, compared to 19% for Sotomayor.”,0,7075723.story

  3. So the nut jobs are talking to their fellow nut jobs who aren’t anyplace close to mainstream America — typical of who is left in the Republican Party!


  4. lilacluvr

    Pat Robertson has been known to shoot his mouth off before about Supreme Court Justices biting the dust; so I’m sure Pat is consulting with God, as we speak.

    I just wonder how so many people still listen to this old coot after all the crazy statements he has made over the years.

  5. There are few avenues for the white males and their women who ‘accept’ their proper positions to take and come out sounding less than cranky and bitchy. But IF this is the hill the Republicans have decided is worth dying on, let them stand firm. Pass the popcorn.

    “Question the intelligence of a woman who has worked hard and achieved much against odds, and you will really irritate women. Really. Ask those Hillary Clinton supporters and those Sarah Palin supporters. They didn’t agree on much, but neither group liked watching male politicians diss women.

    Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh already know this. That’s why they’re hanging their Sotomayor attack hats on her “identity politics,” which apparently means the politics a woman espouses when she notes that her life experiences are, well, a little different than Newt’s and Rush’s.

    Oppose Sotomayor, if you will, on her legal opinions, not on her credentials or cheerfulness. If conservatives want a fight, I suspect they’ll get a good one here. Me? I’m betting on the Puerto Rican gal from the Bronx.”

  6. “When Sotomayor was nominated the appellate court in 1998, seven current Republican senators voted for her confirmation. These were senators Bennett, Cochran, Collins, Hatch, Judd, Lugar, and Snowe. It will be awkward, to say the least, for them to vote against her now unless they can find some decision she made as an appellate judge that they claim was completely inappropriate. Snowe has already complimented Obama on his choice of a woman. Her vote is thus already in the bag. This will give Collins the cover to vote for confirmation as well. So barring something unexpected, the Republicans have no realistic hope of actually scuttling Sotomayor’s nomination.”

  7. The American political carry-on is quite humorous to observe from a distance.

    Just about everything to do with the Presidential Office seems to provide opportunities for massive & free coverage, publicity on tap!

    • jammer5

      Welcome, unstranger, evidently from the home of my ancestors, Sweden. Also the home of some outstanding golfers 🙂

  8. I thought unstranger was from Ireland. Well, it’s definitely time to go look.

    I like hearing what people who aren’t in America think of our obsession with our politics. Adds perspective and often reminds me that we Americans do obsess with some issues that aren’t all that important in the scheme of things. 😉

  9. Good one, jammer! Maybe. I can always count on you for both great well-thought-out opinions and even better laughs. My kind of person!

  10. jammer5

    Anyway, back to the thread:
    I hate patting myself on the back on this one, mainly because I wish I was wrong, but I did point out pretty much everything the cons were going to do.

    I would imagine if Jesus Christ Himself were to be nominated by Obama, He would be trashed by the Republicans. There is no rhyme or reason to what the cons are doing. They’re only purpose seems to be to slam anything and everything connected to the President.

    There is no hope in hate, and I’m hoping their hate turns around and bites them in the ass. Having been a Republican in the not too distant past, and leaving because of the hate they generate, I don’t see myself ever returning. At least not while people like Cheney, Rove and Limbaugh are running the show.

  11. jammer5

    An example:
    “Right-wing blogger Michelle Malkin is angry with conservative pundit Bill O’Reilly for describing an anonymous comment left at the group blog Hot Air which she founded as though it was an official blog posting.

    During a round-up of reaction by right-wing bloggers to the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, O’Reilly quoted a comment at Hot Air, left on a post written by Ed Morrissey, which said, “Unqualified, militant and socialist. NEXT, please. The GOP has to block any of Husseins extremist picks.”

    He then remarked, “When you read something like that — I mean, nobody’s going to block the pick. Do you ever think about who’s writing this? Does that person live in the United States? It’s just not going to happen.”

    Malkin took advantage of an appearance the next day with Steve Doocy of Fox & Friends to let loose at O’Reilly. After detailing how she and other right-wing bloggers have been combing through a list of Chrysler auto dealerships to see whether Republican owners are being targeted for closing, she lashed out at critics of bloggers in general and O’Reilly in particular.

    • lilacluvr

      I hadn’t heard about right-wing bloggers trying to see if Republican Chrysler dealerships are being targeted for closing.

      Besides, I don’t see Malkin and the rest of her right-wing bloggers so concerned when companies laid off thousands of blue collar union workers (usually Democrats). So why the outrage now because some Republicans might actually feel the pain of a company’s decision to streamline?

      I would think she would applaud Chrysler for trying to save their company and streamline to bring in those profits.

  12. I hope the Republican Party gets their wounds licked and healed sooner rather than later — we need (at least) two viable political parties to keep our country strongest, we need checks and balances and perspectives and disagreements to iron out the best possible course. It’s in the disagreeing where compromise is found, and usually the best agreement is a compromise.

    Here’s another piece on Sotomayor that has an interesting twist. It would be a supreme irony if, just as the Republican-appointed David Souter proved a closet liberal, Sonia Sotomayor turned out to be a secret conservative on abortion. But that’s the scenario that pro-choice groups are worried about given a lack of representative cases on the issue from Sotomayor’s tenure as a federal appeals court judge. In one case, she sided with the Bush administration in denying a claim challenging the “Mexico City rule,” which prevented foreign aid from going to organizations abroad that funded abortion. In a letter the president of Naral Pro-Choice America, Nancy Keenan, is pushing senators to dig deeper on the issue in her confirmation hearings. “Discussion about Roe v. Wade will — and must — be part of this nomination process,” Keenan wrote. “As you know, choice hangs in the balance on the Supreme Court as the last two major choice-related cases were decided by a 5-to-4 margin.”

  13. lilacluvr

    But the Christians Conservatives really don’t think they spew hate.

    After all, they are the only ones with the ‘right’ God and they see themselves as the soldiers for God bringing righteousness and holiness to the ungodly government.

    As for Cheney, Rove and Rush – they are just the political sharks that have been using the Christian Conservatives to do their fighting.

    I wonder if Christian Conservatives ever sit down and wonder why Roe vs Wade has not been overturned by now? Republicans had total control from 2000 to 2006 and yet the number of abortions reportedly increased during that time?

    But again, that would take some thinking logically and when one is full of hate – logic is not even in the picture.

  14. lilacluvr

    I agree we need two parties and, as you point out, compromise usually comes from the disagreements and isn’t governing wisely really about compromises?

    But I remember in 1994 when the Conservative Christian Republicans like Todd Tiarht and Sam Brownback swooped into power. They hated the word ‘compromise’ and vowed to never give in – and they didn’t.

    If Colin Powell and other like-minded Republicans fight to get control of the GOP away from these one-issue radical righties, then I look for the GOP to continue to thrive and even get some of their people to return.

    But if the Radical Righties win out, then I expect moderate Republicans might stay in the Democratic Party if Obama governs from the center. If Obama strays too far to the radical left, then I see these moderate Republicans forming their own party.

    But the fight is within the GOP and it will be fascinating to watch. The more Cheney and Rush speak, the lower their approval ratings go with with the general public. And the general public is where elections are won.

    • Pass the popcorn. It’s our time to be the spectators. It’s entertaining as long as I can sit far enough back from the fighting and not get involved. Won’t they settle down to a few battles, or will they continue to fight everything? Can they not recognize how reduced their chances of winning are if they keep running after everything that moves? Maybe the multiple battles keep them too busy fighting to recognize how poorly they’re doing? 😉

  15. lilacluvr

    I saw something in the Opinion Line yesterday that gave me a chuckle. It was about how the Republicans are frustrated with Obama because they are playing checkers and Obama is playing chess.

    Perhaps that is why they are running around throwing their hissy-fits of NO-NO-NO. They are not even playing the same game as Obama?

  16. lilacluvr

    The Hill Blog
    May 28, 2009
    First GOP senator pledges vote against Sotomayor
    @ 10:30 am by Michael O’Brien
    Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) became the first senator Thursday to go on the record to say that he would vote against Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

    While many Republicans have opted to keep their powder dry, issuing statements about carefully reviewing President Obama’s pick to join the high court, Roberts flatly stated he wouldn’t support Sotomayor.

    “I do not plan to vote for her,” Roberts told radio host Chris Stigall on KCMO Talk Radio 710 this morning.

    “I voted no in 1998. I did not feel she was appropriate on the appeals court,” Roberts said. “Since that time, she has made statements on the role of the appeals court I think is improper and incorrect.”

    Other lawmakers have expressed similar complaints about Sotomayor, but no others have yet come out to state that they’ll vote against her.

    Found this while looking through the Huffington Post site. Isn’t it great to know we can always count on one of our own Kansas Cons to be the first to show their true partisan colors?

    I assume Roberts is referring to Sotomayor’s comment about the Appellate Courts making laws – but if Mr. Roberts would check his facts – Judge Scalilia has also made the statement that Courts make laws – so why is Sotomayor’s comment so troubling?

  17. Thunderchild

    I HOPE the President is enjoying this as much as I think he is. Ya gotta love the magnificent dilemma. They can’t fight this nomination and win. But they can’t NOT fight it and placate the base. What will they do? I usually have a pretty good sense for that but on this one I don’t know.

  18. On the blogthatshallnotbenamed, they are saying the Chrysler dealerships that were targeted for closing were those that sold a lot of PT Cruisers. Don’t know if that is true or not. That model might be the Chrysler product I would ever buy.

    Did you guys know that Walter Chrysler was raised in Ellis, Kansas – not far from where Prairie Pond resides? And, another bit of trivia – the guy who designed the P.T. Cruiser is a Jungian psychoanalyst who lives in Tuxedo Junction, New York. Not kidding on this latter, he was featured in the New Yorker one time. He said he was sure the design was a winner when women liked how it looked and felt on the inside, and men liked how it looked on the outside.

  19. In regard to the conservative delusions, on the above cited blog, they are talking about Obama being worthy of being impeached. I can neither remember nor think that I ever grasped their rationale.

    I think some of the conservatives who sound the most patently crazy, have no idea they might sound that way.

  20. Well, on the bright side, they won’t ever be accused of rational behavior, or great intelligence! Have they come out of their little holes long enough to know what a slim minority they exist within?

  21. lilacluvr

    The conservatives have called for Obama’s impeachment since the minute he took office. They will never accept the fact that one of their old white guys lost to this young black man.

  22. Bad Biker

    Ah, it’s all good! Hell, I just LOVE watching the CONservatives go nuts over everything Obama does. Hell, he stopped at Five Guys yesterday and ordered – gasp! – jalapenos on his burger! WTF! He must be ANTI-American!

    The “other” blog is going crazy with con rhetoric and talking points. Every time TC posts, he drives Box into a state of apoplexy, along with a bunch of others. Every time I post, I drive Okie-Dope insane.

    It’s just too funny watching their heads implode.

    Great comedy!

    • jammer5

      I, too, stopped by the garbage dump today and promptly closed the browser. I seriously doubt I’ll do that again.