Well, so President Obama has made his pick for Justice Souter’s replacement on the Supreme Court: Sonia Sotomayor. You may recall it was Ms. Sotomayor who said that a “court of appeals is where policy is made.” Below, the quote in context, according to the New York Times:
This month, for example, a video surfaced of Judge Sotomayor asserting in 2005 that a “court of appeals is where policy is made.” She then immediately adds: “And I know — I know this is on tape, and I should never say that because we don’t make law. I know. O.K. I know. I’m not promoting it. I’m not advocating it. I’m — you know.”
Sheesh! She sounds like Obama when he’s off the prompter. She also sounds like our president when she says of her college years, “The Puerto Rican group on campus, Accion Puertorriquena, and the Third World Center provided me with an anchor I needed to ground myself in that new and different world.”
Some of her decisions border on the ridiculous:
As a federal judge, Sotomayor’s commitment to “serving the underprivileged” has led her to some highly contentious legal decisions where she has placed “empathy” over common sense or the dictates of the law. In 1998, the Family Research Council mockingly bestowed on Sotomayor its Court Jester Award for her decision to extend the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act to a woman whose self-identified “handicap,” which caused her to fail the New York State bar exam several times, was her illiteracy. (emphasis mine)
But her liberal street cred is impeccable. From the Wall Street Journal:
She was part of a three-judge panel that decided a case recently argued before the Supreme Court about the validity of a civil-service exam for firefighters in New Haven, Conn. Ms. Sotomayor was part of a panel that decided the test could be deemed invalid because no minority applicants passed.
What does Karl Rove have to say about this awful pick?
Hope everyone’s in a praying frame of mind. This country is going to need all the prayers it can get for the next four years.