26 May, 2009

Sotomayor

Anyone else think it's a bit disingenuous for Republicans to say of Sotomayor that

This is someone who clearly was picked because she’s a woman and Hispanic, not because she was the best qualified.
and simultaneously say that the reason we shouldn't have affirmative action is because it will call into question the true qualifications of minorities?

2 comments:

Cassady said...

That's just one of the great quibbles surrounding the Republicans and Ms. Sotomayor!

Quite honestly, I think she is one of, if not the, best possible pick for this role. She's an honest and deliberate judge who I think is not going to end up an ivory tower-type ruler.

Admittedly, the court system is not my forte, but after reading this essay: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/31/magazine/31court-t.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&nl=pol&emc=pola1 I'm pretty interested in how the whole thing works. I would love to see the argument the hardcore conservative minority comes up with when the day comes that almost every state has approved gay marriage and the Supreme Court rules on it.

Democratic Constitutionalism is the wave of the future. The people decide by consensus what ultimately becomes policy? No way. It's like, democracy works!

spencer said...

This Yglesias post pretty much sums it up:

http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2009/05/department-of-analogies-2.php