May 26th, 2009
10:48 AM ET
5 years ago

Huckabee: Sotomayor would shift high court to 'Extreme Court'

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee issued a statement Tuesday on Sotomayor's nomination:

The appointment of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court is the clearest indication yet that President Obama's campaign promises to be a centrist and think in a bi-partisan way were mere rhetoric. Sotomayor comes from the far left and will likely leave us with something akin to the "Extreme Court" that could mark a major shift. The notion that appellate court decisions are to be interpreted by the "feelings" of the judge is a direct affront of the basic premise of our judicial system that is supposed to apply the law without personal emotion. If she is confirmed, then we need to take the blindfold off Lady Justice.

Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Common Sense 09

    Well that's funny that a wash up politician with a failed presidential run now turned actor/anchor...want to give his opinion, please stick to following your script with the other clowns on Fox news....and maybe you'll have a real revelation on day, hater – oh there's 2016

    May 26, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Too True For You

    Huckabee, you're a likeable guy, but in the end, you're just another right wing fundamentalist extremist nut job. Anything not predicted in the bible to you is liberal. Your narrow views are the product of the fundamentalist-shortened 3000 years of right-wing creationist "development", while the rest of us evolved over tens of thousands of years to a more balanced and sane point of view.

    Bush poisoned the judiciary with blatently illegal politicaly based hiring practices, and did his best to pack it with extreme right wing head cases like Roberts. The best we can do over eight years is balance, not overcome, the damage Bush wrought in weighting the court so shamelessly to the extreme right..

    May 26, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Phil

    Huckabee is an idiot. Sonia Sotomayor is an outstanding choice by President Obama. Huckabee needs to get over the fact that he lost.

    May 26, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. AJB

    Huckabee....Jesus would be to the left of where Gomer Huckabee wants the country to go.

    It's obvious he's spewing the pre-designated talking points. There's no detail to what makes her "extreme" – it's just unsubstantiated hyperbole.

    Aside from that, who really cares what the also-ran Huckabee thinks?

    May 26, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Well I guess that might make up for some of the "far right" justices put in by previous Presidents.

    May 26, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Critical Thinker

    Huckabee's an ordained minister. So, what does he say when he's praying to the "liberal" Jesus? Excuse me Jesus, but your liberal beliefs and actions are wrong wrong wrong?

    May 26, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Laverne

    Mr. Huckabee you are dead wrong on this one! So what you are saying is someone from humble beginnings, living in the projects and doing what is constitutionally right is being a leftist? The American people have beeing experiencing an "Extreme Court" for the last 200 years and voted Nov. 4, 2008 for CHANGE! We want all people represented in a complex and diverse nation. You Sir, talk a good game when it is convenient for your politically, but your true heart and colors always emerge! I think this is why we have to be careful about people like you who pretend you are for all the people, until it affects your belief system and values. How about standing up for what is right and just for a CHANGE! And to think, I almost thought you were a reasonable person.

    May 26, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. ANGIE IN PA

    Does anyone really care what this Religious Nut Thinks?

    May 26, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. 4 and The Door

    Obama does reach across the aisle like he said he would, but it's usually to point the finger.

    May 26, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Andi

    Roe v Wade will not be overturned, so can we leave that off the argument?

    Huckabee and his ilk scare me. Why are some on the right totally freaking out that their white-maleness is going to become a hardship if more women and minorities are in power? That's crazy. Just because women and minorities have been treated like dirty doormats? We're big pants people, now. We'll be 'fair', just like you.

    May 26, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Critical Thinker

    Lady Justice definitely had her blindfold off when she chose Bush over Gore. Ah, I get it, she's only cheating when it goes against the Republican agenda. Wink. Wink. You betcha!

    May 26, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Greg From Alabama

    Huck is good example why a preacher should not become a politician. You have to sell your soul.

    This doesn't even sound like Huck. It sounds more like Rove in idealogue mode. And Ironically he is casting the first stone.

    Think about this Huck: Are you throwing stones just like Jesus told you to do..

    May 26, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me err...

    A judge should have no feelings while interpreting the law. After all, the law is for unfeeling rocks, not for humans!

    Huckabee, you still haven't given up on trying to come up with corny catch phrases!

    May 26, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. ernzeng

    You're replacing a judge that leaned to the left with a judge that leans to the left. This will have little effect on the court whatsoever. If anything it seems more balanced in gender and ethnicity.

    May 26, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Michael

    I thought she was first nominated by Bush? How is she not a centrist? Is it that she is a woman or a Latino that bothers Rev. Huckabee?

    May 26, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. DEM1

    Did anyone really expect the Republican response to be any different?

    May 26, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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