Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Supreme Court

It appears Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is a sure bet for confirmation. The progressive/socialist Democratic party is solidly behind her. The progressive Republican party acknowledged before the confirmation hearings began that short a major slip or gaffe by Sotomayor she was certain of confirmation. This implies that the "opposition" party had already all but thrown in the towel.

While there is yet another day of hearings they will be something along the lines of a show trial. The outcome has been predetermined. All that remains is for the "players" to finish playing out their part in the nationally televised game. Reagan Supreme Court nominee, and brilliant judicial scholar, Robert Bork should have had it so comfortable.

Sotomayor has done a good job of handling and deflecting the soft questions put to her by the Democrats on the Judiciary panel and maintained her composure when slightly more difficult questions were put to her by the Republicans on the panel. Senator Jeff Sessions perhaps summed up the concerns of those with uneasy feelings about her eventual confirmation when he said "I frankly am a bit disappointed in the lack of clarity and consistency in her answers".

Sonia Sotomayor will ultimately be confirmed. There will remain concern about her ability to rise above her biases and judge impartially. The same has been said of prior newly confirmed Supreme Court Justices. She may turn out to be a liberal activist jurist on the Court. The likelihood is she will. That said, there have been surprises before. Many of us are hoping for another surprise.

Les Carpenter III
Rational Nation USA

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