A Sotomayor Critic Weighs In

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It's the third day of Senate confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's choice for the U.S. Supreme Court. The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us with the latest. We are also joined by David Kopel, who will be testifying against the Supreme Court nominee. David Kopel works for the Independence Institute as a researcher and is a policy analyst with the conservative Cato Institute.

Here's Sen. Sessions quizzing Sonia Sotomayor yesterday:


David Kopel and Todd Zwillich

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"Then she tries to suggest that the speech was descriptive rather than normative, and, what’s more, said only that sex and ethnicity might make a difference. Kyl then points out that, no, she really said they do make it a difference. And he agrees that, yes, they might — but this is not a good thing, and we should be on guard against it. But, he continues, you don’t say this is something to be on guard against: You say it’s a good thing. She concludes by saying, well, yes, maybe I should have chosen different words. I’m sure now she wishes she had — that is, hadn’t said what she really thought, which is that judges should practice identity politics."

Moronic, indeed John Hockenberry. It would simply have been nice for you to do what you are supposed to do, and report the story as intelligently as others are.

Jul. 15 2009 11:12 AM

As for the substance of Hockeberry's banal assertion that Republicans' questioning of Judge Sotomayor was "moronic," consider this comment drawn from the Bench Memos webage of the National Review Online website:

[In two parts due to the limitation on the number of characters.]
"Senator Kyl was masterful. He’s exactly right that, from that speech, the critics have taken nothing out of context; rather, the context just makes everything worse. Her initial response to Senator Kyl’s thorough demonstration that the speech says judges will and should be influenced by their sex and ethnicity in their rulings was, not to deny that this is what the speech says, but that her jurisprudence belies this. I don’t think Frank Ricci would agree..."

Jul. 15 2009 11:08 AM

I just heard John Hockenberry refer to Republicans' questioning of Judge Sotomayor on the "wise Latina" speech as being "moronic."

John Hockenberry apparently has no time for serious legal or philosphical thinking; he's too busy getting to what "The Takeaway" is in any story. This is only the latest in a long string of incidents involving this program that belie any claim that NPR stands for serious, lengthy examination of news and current events. John Hockenberry's raison d'etre seems to be to combine the worst of commercial radio (quick, glossy, superficial stories in rapid-fire presentations) with the worst of public radio (a concerted, knee-jerk liberal bias).

Jul. 15 2009 11:01 AM

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