May 27th, 2009
11:49 AM ET
9 years ago

Conservative activists release Web video slamming Sotomayor

A new Web ad attacks Sotomayor for saying 'policy is made' in appellate courts.

A new Web ad attacks Sotomayor for saying 'policy is made' in appellate courts.

(CNN) - The conservative Judicial Confirmation Network plans to release a Web video later today that hits back at the White House's suggestion yesterday that Judge Sonia Sotomayor's quote that "policy is made" on appellate courts has been taken out of context.

The video will push the idea that Sotomayor has written quite a few law review articles that support the comments she made at Duke University.

Gary Marx of the Judicial Confirmation Network tells CNN the group is spending in the ballpark of about $200,000 to put banner ads on Web sites touting this Web video and linking to it, in the hopes of reaching millions of activists and supporters.

There are no plans as yet for a TV buy.

Filed under: Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. Len in Washington

    So just who here is the "Activist?"

    Is it the Judge or is it the Hard-Line "My Way or the Highway" folks on the fa-a-a-a-a-r Right of the Republican Party?

    ...hmmmmm...let me guess....

    Pot calling the kettle black here folks.

    May 27, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Typical Republican

    "Conservative activists release Web video slamming Sotomayor"

    Let me edit that for you CNN, you mispelled the second's the edited version:

    "Conservative RACISTS release Web video slamming Sotomayor"

    May 27, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Mike in Texas

    Republicans want a Supreme Justice who will make law and overturn Roe vs Wade. Remember in 2005 when Senator McConnell said the Democrats should not obstruct Bush's nominees and after debate the nominee should be put to an up and down vote regardless of party. Let's see how many stick to this. I think this a fight they shouldn't get into. They are only going to alienate themselves even more and really be the party of old white men. Newt and Rush need to shut up about racism, but maybe they are projecting their racist thoughts upon her.

    May 27, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. tgsaad

    "Whether born from experience or cultural physiological differences...our gender and national origins may and WILL make a difference in our judging"

    Anytime a new justice is appointed to the Supreme Court, they bring with them their personal experiences in life. The law is interpreted by the knowledge of experience by judges and justices. This statement merely reflects some of differences in which experience is filtered through. There are nine appointed justices on the Supreme Court to help ensure that diversity of experiences are represented, and considered in the interpretation of laws. So what is the controversy in that statement made by Sotomayor?

    May 27, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. AJP

    The Republicans will never learn.

    America is fed up with dirty games from politians. The Republican party will end up like the diansour, extinct!

    May 27, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. marquis

    "That which does not evolve in an ever evolving society is doomed to become extinct"

    The name-calling, lies, out of context quotes, smears, and etc...all from the GOP when will you ever learn that stuff doesnt work with the new generation. Oh wait nevermind you will never learn because you dont believe in evolution ...duh....i prepare to become extinct.

    May 27, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Lori, Houston Texas

    Obviously, people coming from different backrounds have different life experiences to draw from. Therefore, they interpret things though a different spectrum. The constitution isn't exactly a direct and clear cut document. It requires some interpretation. I think the interpretation from various prisms is a good thing. It results in honest discussion between the Supremes and hopefully, a decision that benefits most Americans. It's impossible to please all the people all the time, so they have to do the best they can, but not for political reasons.

    I'd like to think the high court would reflect the country in appearence, but it's too soon. The good old white boy network hasn't died out yet.... but soon.... then the world will see we practice what we preach and most of the hate will vanish. God Bless America.

    May 27, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Teleprompter of the U.S.

    Good. She needs to be vigorously questioned about her racist comments and also her goofy views on jurisprudence.

    May 27, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Lisa B

    I think Limbaugh and all the other nut wings have shown the most racism than anyone. They just have a way of expressing things differently so it want look so obvious. America is not stupid...

    I know CNN want post this.

    May 27, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Kevin Denver Colorado

    Rob in Ohio, you confuse disgust with hate, but you confuse so many things.

    May 27, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Kevin in Ohio

    Liberals, keep on hating anything that is conservative..... it shows your true colors. I thought we had free speech in America where anyone had a right to an opinion. No, we will NOT "go away".

    May 27, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |

    Keep it up Republicans You are digging your way to EXTINCTION! Everyone Knows Sotomayor is a Moderate Not a Radical. Insulting the Peoples Intelligence again Conservitives? You are going down!

    May 27, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. andy

    the GOP hates minorities. we get it already.

    May 27, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Doug, New Jersey

    Reality shows that no republican has or ever will pick a judge who legislates from the bench, they choose non partisan constituational scholars like Scalia and Thomas, but imagine for a second that a conservative judge was up for nomination who had made her exact comment about legistlating form the bench. Every lib in America would be demanding this person be rejected, yet here each and every one supports her. Case closed, liberals have no decency, integrity, morals, values, tolerance, or fairness. Current day liberals are just as bad as any hate based group this country has ever seen.

    May 27, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. GET REAL.

    I love how the republicans right now are doing the same thing that they bash Obama on... Obama IS spending a lot of money on the economy, but he is expecting a return on his investment... and while the republicans bash him for this, they are spending a ton of ad money, and they are ALSO expecting a return on THEIR investment...

    Hypocrites?... I think so!

    May 27, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. KirksNoseHair

    Minnesotan wrote:
    "It's so much fun to watch the conservatives froth and whine at every decision coming out of the White House. Why do they hate fixing all the failed policies made by the Bush administration? Are they really that blind to how much damage was done?"

    They're not blind, most of them are rich, so under Bush/Cheney they did well, because the rich got richer.

    What they are is ignorant. Ignorant of the fact that bashing a Latina nominee for the supreme court is going to serve only to further erode support for republicans with the fastest growing demographic in the US.

    This is yet another brilliant political move by Obama. I am literally in awe of his talent.

    And what a refreshing relief after 8 years of utter baffoonery in the white house!

    May 27, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Kpawlak

    Liberals and the left will always fall in line with who Obama picks.
    Fall in line, ask no questions and obey. The zombies are at it again.

    May 27, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Enough

    Mark – Conservatism is the belief that you are capable of making it on your own without government intervention. Conservatives want LESS Government control. We're not mad at the black president we're mad at the overspending Democrat president with the socialized agenda. We brainwash no one, we believe you can think for yourself and don't need the government to do that for you. I am pro choice. Again we think you have the brains to think for yourself, Democrats want to do that for you. I defend protecting American lives over the discomfort of a torture. Water boarding was only used on 3 terrorists, the master mind of 9/11. Get over it. don't hate America, Love it, that's why we want to protect it.

    Hope this clarifies a few things for you.

    May 27, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Kevin Denver Colorado

    The long explanation you would require is to exhausting to contemplate, suffice it to say; it is a fact that the inclusive philosophy of the liberals is born from a superior education and more diverse life experience. We are a perfect example of what it means to think for yourself. You see, we don't trust anything on face value so we RESEARCH it! novel concept huh?

    May 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Jefe

    So far, I'm not even a fan of Sotomayor, but so-called Conservatives won't be happy unless we have a Constitution-thrashing, Neoconservative Anti-American wacko appointed.

    May 27, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Lee in TN

    These so called "conservatives", are not the conservatives of the past. They are the neo-conservatives, who are in the pockets of foreign businesses, the medical industry and Wall Street.

    May 27, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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