Conservative Group: Confirm Appalling Liberal Activist Judge With A Simple Majority Vote

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The Judicial Confirmation Network–a deeply conservative group which describes itself as “an organization of citizens joined together to support the confirmation of highly qualified individuals to the Supreme Court of the United States”–is out fast with harsh words for Sonia Sotomayor. “Judge Sotomayor is a liberal judicial activist of the first order who thinks her own personal political agenda is more important than the law as written.”

She thinks that judges should dictate policy, and that one’s sex, race, and ethnicity ought to affect the decisions one renders from the bench.

She reads racial preferences and quotas into the Constitution, even to the point of dishonoring those who preserve our public safety. On September 11, America saw firsthand the vital role of America’s firefighters in protecting our citizens. They put their lives on the line for her and the other citizens of New York and the nation. But Judge Sotomayor would sacrifice their claims to fair treatment in employment promotions to racial preferences and quotas. The Supreme Court is now reviewing that decision.

She has an extremely high rate of her decisions being reversed, indicating that she is far more of a liberal activist than even the current liberal activist Supreme Court.

Ah yes. The Roberts court: a bastion of liberal activism.As displeased as this choice makes them, though, they seem to have missed the news that Republicans no longer control the Senate. They recently started an online project called “Obama’s Frontrunners” where they note that the Judicial Confirmation Network “works to ensure that the confirmation process for all judicial nominees is fair and that every nominee sent to the full Senate receives an up or down vote.”

Whoops.

That, I suppose, leaves open the possibility that they’d support an attempt by members of the minority to bottle up her nomination in the Judiciary Committee, and, as I’ve reported before, certain procedural tricks might allow them to do just that. But assuming that doesn’t happen, I suppose JCN’s official line will be something like “Sotomayor is a disgrace–now confirm her immediately.”

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