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Remember Estrada

posted at 10:09 am on May 1, 2009 by

As Barack Obama begins vetting Supreme Court nominees in the wake of Justice Souter’s sudden retirement, Senate Republicans are handed a unique opportunity to galvanize.  My biggest fear in an Obama presidency was always over his imprint on the judiciary.  His favor of empathy and redistributive change as judicial philosophies over judicial restraint and Constitutional originalism were, for me, the final clothespin on my nose as I voted for John McCain (in matters Constitutional, clearly the lesser of two evils, if not by much).

One of the early favorites to succeed Justice Souter is Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the 2nd Circuit.  Obama would score huge by nominating a Hispanic woman, thus delivering a historic first for Hispanics that supported him by such wide margins.  A Sotomayor nomination would almost be impossible to oppose, given that Senators Snowe and Collins both voted for her confirmation (as did Benedict Arlen, but as L.I. explained this morning, he’s moot now).  Given their previous votes, and how easily the Maine Moderates were flipped on Porkulus, I can’t see them holding the line now (the same goes for La Raza McGrahamnesty).  However, this doesn’t mean that the Senate GOP should automatically let itself get rolled.

This potential nomination is a teachable moment in how the Democrats truly view race.  Contrast the inevitable Sotomayor buzz with the shameful treatment received by Miguel Estrada during his confirmation process.  Let us remember the Durbin memos which targeted Estrada for filibuster solely on race and ideology.  Let us engage Democrats on their special level of contempt they reserve for “minority” individuals that leave the liberal plantation.  Given her temperament and disposition; why, exactly, is Sotomayor a safe pick and Estrada “extremely dangerous”?  Schumer, Durbin, and Leahy need to be held accountable for their despicable actions, then and now.  

Note:  I write this as a son of Puerto Ricans, born in pre-gentrified Williamsburgh.  However, I will not allow anyone to dictate how I should think or act, based solely on my parents’ birthplace.  Remember Estrada.

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Forgot all about Estrada. Surely the MSM will too, if the Republicans don’t just accept blindly Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

dIb on May 1, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Rush was just talking about the possibility of filibuster in committee … Seems they need at least one minority member to vote in the affirmative or else the nominee doesn’t leave committee. Rules are rules … Aren’t they?

tarpon on May 1, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Sounds nice, unless it’s Sotomayor, because Hatch voted for her, too. So we’d have to flip Hatch and Grahamnesty.

Kid from Brooklyn on May 1, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Whew… For a moment I feared we were being asked to remember Eric.

I’m of Hispanic roots as well. I know many fellow Hispanics who unfortunately will tout the nomination of the “First Hispanic SC Justice” who didn’t care that Estrada was being being blocked from the DC Court just to prevent that honor from ever being extended to him.

AverageJoe on May 1, 2009 at 3:16 PM