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Cornyn talks tough as Senate opens Sotomayor hearings

July 13th, 2009 . by TexasFred

Cornyn talks tough as Senate opens Sotomayor hearings

WASHINGTON – Texas Sen. John Cornyn added his voice to a chorus of tough-talking Republicans at Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing today.

“The purpose of this hearing is to determine which path you would take if confirmed to the Supreme Court,� Cornyn said in his opening statement. “Judge, some of your opinions suggest that you would limit some of these constitutional rights – and some of your public statements suggest that you would invent rights that do not exist in the Constitution.�

Last week, Cornyn asserted that while the Senate’s Democrats have already decided to support Sotomayor, he and most other Republicans would approach the hearing with open minds — taking the opportunity to press the judge on areas of concern while allowing for the possibility that her answers will sway them.

But most of the Republicans’ opening statements, including Cornyn’s, suggested a deeply held disdain about her approach to the law.

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Cornyn talks tough as Senate opens Sotomayor hearings

I have sent messages to Sen. John Cornyn almost daily since the Sotomayor nomination, to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison as well, imploring them to vote AGAINST this flaming piece of LIBERAL garbage. The result of those repeated pleas is not in yet, and I am NOT going to bash Sens. Cornyn or Hutchison in this post for something they haven’t done, but GOD help them, and their political careers if they DO vote to confirm Sonia Sotomayor as a Justice on the Supreme Court.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Judiciary Committee’s senior Republican, called her oft-stated belief that a judges’ personal background can and should inform her jurisprudence “shocking and offensive… I will not vote for—no senator should vote for—an individual nominated by any president who believes it is acceptable for a judge to allow their own personal background, gender, prejudices, or sympathies to sway their decision in favor of, or against, parties before the court.�

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if ALL of our Senators, right and left, Dem and Republican, had the STONES that Sen. Jeff Sessions has on this Sotomayor confirmation? I’m not a mind reader but I am guessing that Sen. Sessions is referring to the statement Sotomayor made that, in my opinion, and in the opinion of many other Conservatives, outed her as a racist and a sexist.

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,�

Then there’s the Sotomayor record in cases before the SCOTUS. The one that nearly all news sources agree upon. 60% of her cases that have made it to the Supreme Court for review have been overturned. That’s not too bad if you’re a baseball player. You’re batting .400 and in baseball, that’s a good number. In any other area of the workplace, be it public or private, a 40% success rate really sucks. If you’re working for a company, and you’re only 40% productive, or 40% correct, you’re outta here, hit the showers ya bum!!

“Americans need to know whether you would limit the scope of the Second Amendment�—the one involving the right to bear arms, he said.

This may be the question that determines whether Sotomayor lives to play another day and depending on the way our esteemed Senators vote after her answer, that question may well determine their future in American politics as well.

“Judge Sotomayor, no one can accuse you of not being candid in your views. Not every nominee is so open about their view. Yet many Americans wonder what these various statements mean,� Cornyn said.

Candid is good. I am candid, to the point of being labeled as rude on occasion. But candid, open and non-PC dialog is a good thing. Sen. Cornyn, it is YOUR responsibility, and that of ALL Senators, to determine whether or not Sonia Sotomayor is fit to be a Justice on the SCOTUS. You must remember, she is NOT an elected official. She can’t be voted out like a Congressman or Senator can. Her appointment is for LIFE. There are NO term limits on the Justices.

The conformation of Sonia Sotomayor can, and will, affect the course that this nation takes for many years to come. Hard core liberals and judges that would legislate from the bench have no place in the Judiciary, and certainly not on the highest court of the land.

If the Sotomayor nomination is confirmed, and it ALL goes the wrong way because of her liberal votes and anti-gun stance, ANY Senator voting FOR Sotomayor will be in the direct line of repercussions, and trust me, your continued political future will be VERY short!

You don’t get a ‘mulligan’ on this one!

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7 Responses to “Cornyn talks tough as Senate opens Sotomayor hearings”

  1. comment number 1 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

    Fred, nice to be able to make that threat in Texas. Words like that hold no sway in Fornicalia, the Lost State.

    BZ

  2. comment number 2 by: TexasFred

    BZ, at the risk of sounding offensive, and I don’t mean to, but it’s that attitude that makes it so…

    If you roll over and let it happen, it will, if you don’t fight, no one else will, if you don’t lead, no one will follow…

    Here in Texas we don’t take the shit you guys in Cali let them get by with…

    Not wanting to offend you, Rob, Gawfer or anyone else from California, but people are more than willing to follow, the question is, are YOU willing to lead??

    You know what my health issues are, on the 3rd of July it was 104° when we had our TEA Party event, I was out IN that heat, almost constantly, as was my wife… We were cheering speakers on, I was speaking, I was IN the crowd and by God people were listening too…

    I am often accused of being too mean, too brash, too blunt and far too non-PC, and to all of those accusations I say, you’re damned right, I’m ALL of that and more, and I won’t sit back and declare ANY cause totally lost, even California…

    With proper leadership and motivation, even California has possibilities..

  3. comment number 3 by: BobF

    What I haven’t heard come out yet is her stance on the only thing that matters to Democrats when confirming judges; abortion. From what I understand, she’s a practicing Catholic and as such, she should be against abortion. Kennedy, Kerry, Biden, etc are only Catholic is name but she isn’t. I’m wondering why the Democrats aren’t asking her stance on abortion? If she were nominated by a Republican President, they certainly would be questioning her on this.

  4. comment number 4 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

    If we had the numbers, Fred, we wouldn’t be in the situation with which we exist. Predominantly those in Fornicalia have WILLINGLY and FREELY voted precisely for what they currently possess. The problem with Fornicalia is this: the people still cannot SEE. This state is going to have to comPLETEly hit rock bottom before full attention is acquired. And frankly? We’re not far off. . .

    BZ

  5. comment number 5 by: Tish

    My daily prayer is that this woman does NOT get confirmed!

    I can’t even begin to describe how all this hoopla around her is making me sick. How many times does one get to stick their foot in their mouth before everyone starts to realize they just spitting out toe jam.

    Damn.

    Lord help us…we’re losing OUR country.

  6. comment number 6 by: TexasFred

    Yeah, but Tish, you know that this opinion by you will get YOU called a racist too… At least by some idiots that don’t know you…

    Glad to see you post here again, I had wondered if you were out of blogging altogether..

  7. comment number 7 by: Basti

    Tough talk indeed, but I don’t see her not getting confirmed. I’m sure the ‘Change Commies’ have got the fix in.