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Constituent Response From Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

July 14th, 2009 . by TexasFred

Constituent Response From Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

This is the emailed response I received this AM from Sen. Hutchison regarding Sonia Sotomayor and her approval process to the SCOTUS.

Dear Friend:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United State Supreme Court. I welcome your thoughts and comments.

As a member of the U.S. Senate, I have been privileged to participate in the confirmation of four Supreme Court Justices, including that of Chief Justice John Roberts. The Constitution requires the Senate to “advise” the President on who will best uphold our Constitution in the nation’s highest court and to provide “consent” to the candidates who take the bench. Senators have a constitutional responsibility to carefully consider each nomination. This is a duty that I take seriously.

There are some facts we already know about Judge Sotomayor. Through personal tenacity and hard work, Judge Sotomayor overcame many challenges to study at some of the nation’s finest institutions, and embarked on a successful career as a district attorney, private practice attorney, and finally a federal judge. Her life story is a shining example of equal opportunity for Americans, and it reminds all of us that for those who work hard, no obstacle is insurmountable and no aspiration is too grand.

While there is no question that Judge Sotomayor brings a wealth of judicial experience to this process, we would be doing the American public and Judge Sotomayor a disservice if we did not conduct a thorough review of her record. This year, Senators will pore over thousands of documents and analyze more than 3,000 decisions that comprise the experience of Judge Sotomayor. I will be looking for evidence of impartiality as well as legal expertise, a demonstrated commitment to the rule of law, insights into her personal integrity and temperament, and, most importantly, her judicial philosophy.

As I review Judge Sotomayor’s record, one of the issues I will consider is her demonstrated stance on the Second Amendment. I am a staunch supporter of the right to keep and bear arms, and I firmly believe that the framers intended this right for the individual. This opinion was upheld by the Supreme Court last year in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller. Judge Sotomayor joined an opinion earlier this year that suggested that the Second Amendment is not a fundamental right, and is therefore not binding on the states. I hope to learn more from the judge about her Second Amendment beliefs during her confirmation hearings. With this issue potentially coming before the Supreme Court, it is critically important we confirm a Justice who believes the Second Amendment is a fundamental individual right so that no state or city, nor the federal government, may ever infringe on this liberty.

As the Senate examines Sonia Sotomayor’s record – and gives her ample opportunity to address our concerns – I expect a respectful, dignified, and above all, fair process that befits our Constitutional responsibility. I appreciate hearing from you, and I hope that you will not hesitate to keep in touch on any issue that is important to you.

Kay Bailey Hutchison
United States Senator

Well thank you all to high heaven and back for that insightful letter Senator Obvious.

Sen. Hutchison appears to think that SHE is the only one that knows how the process works. And evidently, her explanation is supposed to serve as a method of placation for the unwashed and ignorant masses.

Senator, we KNOW what the process is. We KNOW what must be done. We know HOW it’s done. Many of us are political science majors. Many of us are simply political junkies. Regardless, we KNOW what the nuts and bolts of this Senatorial theatrical performance are. America is watching this comedy play out before our eyes and we KNOW the consequences of a bad choice in an appointment to the Supreme Court.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor stoutly denied racial bias Tuesday at her Senate confirmation hearing and said an oft-criticized remark about her Hispanic heritage affecting judicial decisions was a rhetorical device gone awry.

An attempted play on words “fell flat” in a speech in 2001, Sotomayor told Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., referring to remarks in which she suggested that a “wise Latina woman” would usually reach a better conclusion than a white male.

“It was bad because it left an impression that I believed that life experiences commanded a result in a case, but that’s clearly not what I do as a judge,” Sotomayor said.

Sessions, the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee, sounded unconvinced.

Full Story Here:
Sotomayor denies bias in ‘wise Latina’ remark

Sen. Sessions isn’t the only one that is unconvinced. For anyone that doesn’t know about the remark made by Sotomayor, this is the exact statement.

“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,”

I don’t understand how anyone could see ANY bias in Sotomayor’s words. There is no way that anyone could possibly construe them as sexist or racist. Surely not. I mean, we must ALL be looking at Sotomayor through UNWISE WHITE MALE goggles. How could that possibly be a biased statement? Yes, that IS sarcasm!

I will say again, and I hold no reservations in doing so, if Sen. Hutchison votes for the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of this United States, Sen. Hutchison will be committing political suicide with ANY that are, or consider themselves to be true Conservatives.

I don’t want a RACIST on the U.S. Supreme Court, a racist of any color, gender or sexual orientation. We, THE PEOPLE, don’t need a RACIST on the highest court in this land, but I fear that is exactly what we’re going to get if Sotomayor is approved, and somehow, I get the distinct impression that Hutchison may be looking at a vote for Sotomayor.

That kind of crap might play if you’re a no talent idiot hack Senator from Minnesota and your constituents are a bunch of idiotic libbers as well, but Sen. Hutchison needs to remember this, Texas isn’t Minnesota, we don’t elect Saturday Night Live rejects to the U.S. Senate and we’re NOT a bunch of libber idiots that drool all over the pages of The Daily Kos.

But sadly, and I mean that sincerely, sadly I fear that the FIX is already in.


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10 Responses to “Constituent Response From Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison”

  1. comment number 1 by: Robert

    Yeah the fix is in, if you look at the level of ASS KISSING going on in these hearings you will see the walking on egg shells type of questioning that mr Estrada didn’t receive. The “Fairness” part is missing. No one is actually taking this racist bitch to task. Every politician is pandering to her “Hispanic” base. Someone needs a set of nuts and that is what is missing in the “Republican party” When folks ask why are you so angry at Republicans…. YOU SEE WHY NOW! no nuts. The only one with a pair appears to be Sarah Palin and she’s even bailed on them…We need a third option and if it dont happen quick we will need to learn spanish or French or Chinese.

  2. comment number 2 by: TexasFred

    She can tell all the lies she wants in a hearing, once seated, we are stuck with her..

  3. comment number 3 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

    Political quadruple-speak.

    EVERYONE fears enraging La Raza. “The Race.”


  4. comment number 4 by: TexasFred

    I have serious doubts concerning the vote of Sen. Hutchison, but as I said, she will be committing political suicide, La Raza be damned to hell and back, this is the USA and if those La Raza asshats don’t like it, they need to remember this, a handful of Tennessee volunteers kicked their asses all over Texas and won a WAR, there’s some well armed and totally pissed off Texans that are ready to do it again…

  5. comment number 5 by: minuteman26

    Ah La Raza; the Hispanic branch of the Communist Party. Add them to the target list when the crap hits the fan.

  6. comment number 6 by: TexasFred

    Add em?? Hell man, they were already at the top of the list…

  7. comment number 7 by: Vigilante

    Ahem! Fred, I have to tell ya my friend, but I’m sure you already know, that there’s more than just Texans that are willing to stand ready with you. F***K la raza

  8. comment number 8 by: TopGun

    Anyone who does not support the Second Amendment and have the ability to understand it is an individual right, being it is part of the Bill of Rights, which were written to protect individual Rights, is not qualified to sit on the SCOTUS, much less call themselves an American.

    Sotomayor has already acknowledged she does not feel citizens have a Right to own arms. By stating such, she is acknowledging she is nothing but a Traitor to this country, being she is an educated lawyer, and fully understands what the Constitution is, and the Rights it provides We The People.

  9. comment number 9 by: Kate

    There must be some handbook or some such they give to every newly elected Senator that tells them they must speak to their constituents like they are 3 years old.

  10. comment number 10 by: BobF

    You know what I find interesting is how both her and Obama come from middle class families but somehow come up with the money to attend one of the finest universities (Princeton and Yale) in the US. Even scholarships and grants don’t cover the tuition to those places. Bush, Kerry and others had family money to foot their bills but who paid for her and Obama? This didn’t happen over night with these two and I wonder how many others are in the pipeline and who is footing the bill.