The amazing, shrinking, shrieking Senate Republicans vs. Judge Sotomayor


The funniest thing watching these Senate confirmation hearings of Judge Sotomayor is how boring the whole process must seem to just about anybody save your various and assorted legal/policy wonks and lawyers who actually understand what the hell it is she’s talking about.

That’s a compliment, because this is one of those instances where boring is exactly what Sotomayor supporters want.

And I say it’s funny because it’s great, and it’s great because the sheer volume of detail referenced in Sotomayor’s answers – especially her answers to those Republican senators who are trying so desperately to appear smart enough to trip her up – is more than enough evidence of just how qualified this woman is to be a Supreme Court justice. I don’t know hardly a thing about the law except that I try to follow it as best I can so I can stay out of jail. But you don’t have to be any kind of legal scholar to figure out that this woman’s knowledge – and appreciation – of the law and  how our legal system functions is so vast and yet so precise that it’s pretty close to scary.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Judge Sonia Sotomayor

I have to admit my support for Sotomayor is based almost solely on the fact that she’s President Obama’s choice and I trust Obama so I’m going along with him. Might as well tell the truth on that one and come clean. Because listening to this woman discuss legal precedent while she cites cases going back to the 1800s is waaaaay beyond my pay grade. I couldn’t begin to tell you if  she’s citing the right case law or whether the narrow question being decided was narrow enough. Haven’t the slightest. And neither do about 99 percent of Americans.

But you don’t have to be a legal scholar and genius to recognize one when you see one. Think for a moment of all the folks out there who hated the fact that OJ Simpson was acquitted, right? But even his most rabid critics would have to confess that if they ever got into some serious trouble then Johnny Cochran, OJ’s lawyer who leaps tall cases at a single bound, would be the first name they’d call. Before he died, that is. Because Johnny was a baaaaad mutha…

Just talkin’ ’bout Johnny.

Anyway. Point being that this woman is so ridiculously smart and qualified that any attempt by any pissed-off Republican to turn her confirmation hearing into a Clarence Thomas-style circus (out of revenge, most likely, because elephants have long-assed memories) will fall flat. Because just like the man who brought her to the dance, Sotomayor is, in addition to being too smart, simply too calm and too cool. When you’re smarter than everybody else in the room,  and when you know you’re smarter than everybody else in the room, and when you know they know you’re smarter than everybody else in the room, then why sweat?

You got this.

SHAMELESS PLUG: Read my wife’s blog @ The “D” Spot Redeux


~ by Keith A. Owens on July 15, 2009.

2 Responses to “The amazing, shrinking, shrieking Senate Republicans vs. Judge Sotomayor”

  1. Amen to everything you wrote. I think that your analysis about Judge Sotomayor and the current hearings is spot on.

    btw, I’m also in favor of her based of my trust in President Obama. However, in reviewing her judicial record, educational record and past career choices … it appears that she is going to be an excellent justice on the Supreme Court.

    I stand with Sotomayor!

    peace, Villager

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