By all appearances, Sonia Sotomayor is at best an average judge. She has had an overwhelming majority of her decisions overturned when they make it to the august body she now vies for. There’s evidence that her decision making process is primarily motivated by race identity, and she’s been given a pass on statements that, if they came from a white man would be universally decried as racist. Of couse, since she’s a hispanic woman, nothing she says or believes can ever be deemed racist.
The top Republican on the Senate committee that will consider Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination says a Puerto Rican civil rights group’s papers could shed light on her judicial approach, particularly her view of racial preferences in hiring.
White House Counsel Greg Craig, however, told Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., in a letter that board meeting minutes and other papers detailing the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund’s activities while Sotomayor was an outside adviser shouldn’t impact her nomination because she had no role in writing or approving them.
“During her time there, the organization took extreme positions on legal issues ranging from the death penalty to abortion to racial quotas,” Sessions said in a statement. He said it was “absurd” for the White House to call the documents irrelevant.
The battle over the papers isn’t likely to damage Sotomayor’s chances of confirmation, since Democrats have more than enough votes in favor of President Barack Obama’s first high court nominee, and Republicans have shown little appetite for trying to block her.
That last bit is, of course, most galling to a conservative – the fact that Republicans have shown little interest in fighting for our basic principles. We stood by in mute silence while the Democrats filibustered and denied Bush appointees simple up or down votes – but we’re going to allow someone who defines herself as a product of affirmative action policies and identity politics to bring that ideology to the court. Anyone who believes that Sotomayor won’t try to legislate from the bench, given her past statements, is naive.