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Senate confirms Sotomayor, first Hispanic justice
The Hill ^ | 08/06/2009 | J. Taylor Rushing

Posted on 08/06/2009 12:20:10 PM PDT by Pyro7480

The Senate on Thursday sent Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court with a modest display of bipartisan support, making her the first Hispanic justice and only the third woman to serve on the high court.

The 68-31 vote held few surprises, as a small band of Republicans joined Democrats in confirming her 72 days after President Barack Obama nominated the former prosecutor and judge. Her confirmation paves the way for Sotomayor to begin assembling her staff and prepare for the court to convene in October.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho2009; bho44; bhojudicialnominees; obama; scotus; sotomayor; supremecourt
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To: Pyro7480
Oh good.

The ugly girl that asked me to dance back in 1982, and that I told her no, is now the voice of Affimative Action and Abortion.

America - going downhill since 1928.

201 posted on 08/06/2009 6:10:59 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Pyro7480

Lieutenant Colonel Domingo Monterrosa of Berlin, Province of Usulutan, El Salvador (deceased) = great Latin man.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor = sorry Latina Leftist.

202 posted on 08/06/2009 6:59:24 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 ( ...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
Not that race matters, but she wasn’t the first Hispanic nominated. George W. Bush nominated a Hispanic, and the “party of diversity” shot him down.

She is the first Hispanic Woman on the supreme court, not the first Hispanic.

Benjamin N. Cardozo served 1932-1938.

203 posted on 08/06/2009 7:25:31 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Obama's multi- trillion dollar agenda would be a "man caused disaster")
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To: Dr. Eckleburg

Isn’t it trial lawyers who become judges, then Supremes?

Although well-educated {snicker} 99% of the evangelicals I know are businessmen, engineers, doctors, and so on. Only one member of my church in California was a lawyer and he was an estate lawyer.

What I was getting at in my post earlier today, is that maybe not so many true Christian Protestants have a stomach for what it takes to reach that level, which reduces the pool from which to choose.

The secular “majority” has a low opinion of practicing-their-faith-Christians and considers them right-wing, bible-thumping cultists. So unless an evangelical is a so-called Carnal Christian, how would he/she have a chance to rise to the level of being nominated? I wonder if we would want what we could get appointed anyway.

204 posted on 08/06/2009 7:48:50 PM PDT by suzyjaruki (What is coming next?)
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To: Pyro7480
La Cucharacha, La Cucharacha !

Montezuma's revenge.

205 posted on 08/06/2009 7:57:07 PM PDT by Candor7 (The weapons of choice against fascism are ridicule ,derision ,truth. (member NRA)
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To: Pyro7480

America lost again.

206 posted on 08/06/2009 8:00:03 PM PDT by sport
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To: suzyjaruki
All great points.

But fundamentally I don't think they want conservative white Christians on the Supreme Court, or anywhere else for that matter. We're experiencing the homogenization of values, ethics and world views.

Rather than elevating the rest of the world to the standards of a Judeo-Christian United States, this country is being amalgamated into the third world. Government-run health care will end over 200 years of prosperity and self-determination. Unbelievable.

207 posted on 08/06/2009 8:08:24 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: Drill Thrawl
You will never find the more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

We must be cautious.

208 posted on 08/06/2009 9:18:28 PM PDT by Christian4Bush ("A community organizer can't start bitching when communities organize." - Rush, 8/5/09)
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To: NormsRevenge

Mr. Steele and the Republican whip should either kick the aye voting Rs out of the Republican caucus and party, or resign themselves.

What a disgrace.

209 posted on 08/06/2009 9:33:40 PM PDT by Don W (The root word of diversity is DIVIDE)
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To: Pyro7480

The DNC is now on record as being every bit as racist as Storm Front and David Duke.

210 posted on 08/06/2009 9:37:30 PM PDT by NoLibZone (North Korea? The only buildings in Hawaii at risk of destruction are those housing Obama's records!)
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To: Pyro7480
I see this as a sign--it's getting close that God Almighty will judge Washington D.C. How much more mockery can He take?

Start taking care of yourselves folks. Washington D.C. ain't gonna.

211 posted on 08/06/2009 10:23:33 PM PDT by pray4liberty (
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To: Pyro7480


212 posted on 08/06/2009 10:24:40 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Don W

RNC Chair Steele is perfectly fine with Sotomayor.

213 posted on 08/07/2009 12:54:48 AM PDT by TheFourthMagi
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To: Pyro7480

I’m hispanic, I guess. I’m like, another eccentric on the SCOTUS, ho hum.

214 posted on 08/07/2009 2:01:24 AM PDT by Havisham
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To: Pyro7480; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; rabscuttle385; darkangel82

68-31 as I’m sure you all know by now. The no show is Kennedy who’s likely on his death bed.

9 dissenters

Mel Martinez (retiring, moron, ex-personal injury lawyer)

Lindsey Graham (lamewad, should be ashamed of himself)

Kit Bond (retiring, swamp-fevered old bull)

Lamar Alexander (lame country clubber)

Judd Greeg (retiring, mediocre establishment type, was ready to serve Obama)

Richard Lugar (boderline RINO in recent years, Old bull, I don’t care for this guy at all)

George Voinovich (retiring, RINO Jerk)

Susan Collins (Liberal RINO)

Olympia Snowe (Liberal RINO)


Pat Toomey says aye. “Look I’m a reasonable guy”.

Charlie Crist says nay. “Look how conservative, I am forget that Rubio guy”.

If she was in danger of not making it I suspect a few Rs who voted no would have be cajoled into voting yes. And a couple who probably don’t like her voted yes knowing she was in so they could cast themselves in a positive light with people that should be their enemies.

Based on this I surmise a 60+ seat Republican majority would be needed to actually vote down a rat nominee.

If Obama gets a second term we’re screwed via-a-vis the Supreme court. Scalia and Thomas are getting old as is swing Justice Kennedy. Stevens and Gingsberg would also likely both be replaced with younger liberals.

215 posted on 08/07/2009 5:04:10 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Pyro7480; Fiddlstix; PhilDragoo; Liz; onyx; potlatch; devolve; MEG33; Grampa Dave; Lady Jag; ...

Racist-bigot gets confirmed... lifetime appt, too!

216 posted on 08/07/2009 5:36:34 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (2008: The year the Media died. --Sean Hannity, regarding Barack HUSSEIN ObaMao's treatment ...)
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To: Impy

I think that it is likely that both Stevens and Ginsburg will retire during Obama’s first (and hopefully only) term. I don’t think that Scalia, Kennedy or Thomas would be much of a threat to die or retire if Obama has a second term—especially Thomas, who is younger than Alito, IIRC. The 2012 presidential election may be the first election since 1996 in which the fate of the Supreme Court is *not* on the line.

217 posted on 08/07/2009 8:38:45 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: Impy
Yeah, Crist said he would have voted NO on Sotomayor:

Of course some of these guys opinions may change when find they themselves up for re-election or facing a contested GOP primary for the nomination. Specter was notorious for that, he would drag his feet on conservative nominees except for every six years when he was up for re-election and had voters watching him in a GOP primary.

That may have been the reason McCain was a NO vote, since he's up for reelection. Usually when McCain and Graham are on opposite sides of an issue, Graham takes the more conservative stance. Odd.

Alexander being a YEA and Corker being a NAY is another odd one, again I would have tagged Alexander as the “more conservative” of the TN duo (though neither one of them is a particularly strong conservative)

Sadly, from what I can see, in most of the states where we could pickup seats it won't do much good on judicial nominees. My guess is that Fiorina, Simmons, Castle, Lingle, Kirk, Pataki, and possibly Ayotte, would have all voted to confirm her (I don't know if Kirk gave a statement, but if he says he wouldn't have, he's flat out lying to win the GOP nomination).

Of course we could always pass a constitutional amendment to allow the voters to weigh-in on judicial appointments, as is almost always allowed on the state level when it comes to judges. That would of course be allowing more “democracy” in our federal government, which a bunch of freepers claim is a terrible thing.

218 posted on 08/07/2009 8:55:02 AM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
Six Roman Catholics, two Jews and one 86-year-old Protestant.

Things have certainly changed since there was one Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence and two Catholic signers of the Constitution. Catholics make up a little more than 20% of the U.S. population while over half this country is mainline Protestant.

Six out of nine and nobody says anything about it anywhere.

Strange days have found us.

I care not the ethnicity or religion of our Justices. Their adherence to the Constitution is the overriding factor with me.

Given the choice who would you choose as a supreme Court Justice:

Antonin Scalia - Catholic.


William Jefferson Clinton - Protestant

219 posted on 08/07/2009 9:37:28 AM PDT by OLD REGGIE (I am a Biblical Unitarian?)
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To: Lurking Libertarian

Cardozo was the second Jew on the Supreme Court.

He was of portugese extraction. Since Portugal is on the Iberian (ancient Roman Hispania) penninsula, that would by some count be “Hispanic”. Some people don’t count Brazilians as hispanic, though others don’t see the reason why they should not be lumped for counting with the columbians across the border.

Latino was invented by the French when they invaded Mexico, and wanted to assert that they too were part of the ancient roman culture. French Canadians could be considered Latino.

I think the chopping up of the electorate is unproductive. I am more concerned with what is between the judges’ ears than what is between their legs.

220 posted on 08/07/2009 9:57:39 AM PDT by donmeaker (Invicto)
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