The President has nominated a highly-credentialed judge
with an inspiring life story.
Regrettably he also tainted the nomination from its start by suggesting that his
nominee would judge based on personal feelings and background, or be biased
with empathy for particular classes of litigants. Judge Sotomayor now has a
much higher hurdle to climb than any nominee before her. The President's taint
combined with her aggressive record present an ample stage for a great debate
in the Senate."
"The fact that Sonia Sotomayor is a Latina should not give Repubilcan senators
any pause. There is no larger demographic group in America today that could
better understand what it means to have courts and judges who favor one side
over another without an argument being made, than do Hispanics. It is among
the reasons why we came here. This nomination offers a great opportunity to
explain to Hispanic Americans why the Constitution must be defended against
a judge who would rewrite it according to personal biases and politics."
Third Branch Conference