May 29th, 2009
11:14 AM ET
9 years ago

Democrats launch national Sotomayor effort

Organizing for America, an arm of the DNC, e-mailed supporters to rally support for Sonia Sotomayor.

Organizing for America, an arm of the DNC, e-mailed supporters to rally support for Sonia Sotomayor.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - National Democrats launched a national effort Friday to rally support for Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who President Obama introduced this week as his nominee for the Supreme Court.

Organizing for America, Obama's campaign organization which is now an arm of the Democratic National Committee, e-mailed its 13 million supporters a warning that "our opponents will try to play politics with Judge Sotomayor's nomination, and it's up to us to help get out the facts and show the public - and key decision-makers - how much support she really has."

Mitch Stewart, the director of OFA and author of the e-mail, suggested supporters write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper or call their senators to express support for Sotomayor.

OFA is offering supporters downloadable pictures of Sotomayor to be placed on social networking Web sites like Facebook, and posters to show support for Obama's nominee. It has also created a Web page titled "Stand With Sotomayor" to serve as the platform for this campaign.

Filed under: DNC • OFA • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. I Agree With Terry

    From Terry and worth repeating:

    Conservatives want this administration to fail so they can regain power. Conservatism has no beliefs, no ideology, no vision. Conservatism is only a marketing strategy. It describes how to bring down an administration that might otherwise be successful, so they can increase their own power and wealth.

    Therefore, they will oppose anything and everything, block, delay, prevent, stall, exaggerate, and defame while pretending to adhere to imaginary principles. Those principles, by the way, mean nothing to them when they ARE in power. During the Reagan, Bush, and Bush years, did we get smaller government, a preference for local control, a flag burning amendment, a gay marriage amendment, lower taxes on the middle class, or anything else they promised? I rest my case.

    May 29, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Randolph Carter

    I've got an awesome idea guys! Let's make a whole bunch of Sotomayor t-shirts showing her surrounded by rainbows and unicorns. That'd convince those grumpy old republicans to confirm her! Have a nice day!

    May 29, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Kevin in Ohio

    The Obama campaign of 2008 continues.

    May 29, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Paul

    Congratulations Mrs. Sotomayor

    You will be a great Judge in our Supreme Court

    May 29, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Johnny DC


    Their opponents will try to play politics? Here's a history lesson:

    Senator Obama openly admitted that he felt Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito were perfectly qualified for the SCOTUS. He then voted against Roberts and not only voted against Alito, but participated in a filibuster to prevent him from even being considered.

    He loudly defended his right as a Senator to "oppose high court nominees because of their philosophical and political views".

    Wow. Talk about the pot calling the kettle.... black?

    May 29, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Dave

    Please Republicans, don't act like Democrats on this. Good or Bad, the President has the right to nominate the person he/she wants to sit on the Supreme Court, end of story.

    Our country has had enough of nasty politics and please do not sink down to the level Dem's used on Miguel Estrada or Justice John Roberts. Payback may be in order, but some responsible party MUST step up and show our country how to lead by example. Rep's failed at this when President Clinton was in office, then Dem's failed at this when President Bush was in office, please don't go down the same path now that President Obaama is in office

    May 29, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. RobK

    How idiotic! But what can we expect from the American Idol generation?

    May 29, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. J.P.

    New racism is as bad as old racism.

    Obama is a liberal. His pick is going to be a liberal. I get it. I don't like it, but I can live with it. He won the election, he gets to pick.

    What he does NOT get to do is pick a bigot and expect everyone to cower in fear and not challenger her because she's a preferred minority. Identity politics has to go. Either racism is bad or it's not.

    Putting Archie Bunker on the bench (regardless of skin pigmentation or surname) is unacceptable.

    May 29, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. RobK

    Most people don't have a clue about Sotomayor's qualifications, judicial philosophy, or temperament, except what they hear the talking heads on TV and radio say. And these idiots want people to write letters and make calls to support her.

    May 29, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. D. Tree

    The momentum is with the President. America's progressive majority is firmly behind him – and were only 4 month in folks!

    Just like in the campaign, we will continue to learn and to grow – change WILL come to this country, there's no turning back now.

    May 29, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Qui-Tam Relator

    It is so sad in our country that it has become Us against Them. Our elected officials will say anything and do anything to get into power. All of the People and topics that our news media throws out there like Rush and the other clowns and BS news items are distractions from the real truth. Our country is becoming ripe for a revolution against the establishment and even they don't really see this because of their hunger for power and money all of this has become an opiate for those in power and has made them blind to the real truth. ********************************

    May 29, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    As a conservative, I recommend picking a fight that can be won. This one cannot. She will be confirmed. Live to fight another day.

    May 29, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. Idiot_Pelosi

    Well, Obummer's pick looks qualifed on merit, but it does appear that she has made racists comments in multiple speeches and writings. I can't say she is the only person to ever make a racist remark, but I'm sick and tired of the LIBERALS attacking her critcs when they want to pursue these racist remarks.

    No one can look me in the eye and say that a WHITE MAN or WHITE WOMAN could have made similar remarks without being CRUCIIFED. Yes, I mean CRUCIFIED.

    The choice appears to be influenced by her RACE and background, which is something that should NOT be done if we want to attempt to end racism.

    This is REVERSE RACISM in action, but this is also a negative trait of OBUMMER himself.

    IF we do end up letting her comments slide, then the next time a white person says something slightly racist, I don't want to hear SQUAT.

    May 29, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Peter Simpson

    Has it occurred to anyone yet that Sotomayor might likely be a lesbian? It was no accident that the Obama administration timed her nomination to coincide exactly with the release of the Prop 8 decision in California: it was a nod to the gay community.

    She is not married, has no children, is a huge baseball fan and lives in the gay area of New York City: Greenwich Village. People wake up...hellooooo....why is no one discussing this...? I'm just sayin...

    May 29, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Once You Vote Black

    Black Folks for Sotomayor! Now that we have gone black we can't go back.

    May 29, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. J.P.

    Quick Barry! Shove all your radical crap down our throats now, while you have the votes in Congress to make it happen.

    After 2010, you won't have that luxury.
    2010 will make 1994 look mild by way of comparison.

    May 29, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    I just have to laugh when I hear Democrats talk about partisan politics. Who was that who dug into Judge Roberts' background to get information on the adoptions of his children? Who was that?

    The Democrats pulled every dirty trick in the book on Judges like Roberts, Thomas, Bork, etc., and now they are saying, "Hey, watch out for the Republicans. They are going to use partisan attacks to go after Sotomayor."

    Give me a break. What a bunch of hypocrites.

    May 29, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. The General

    Doesn't "Organizers for America," sound like another store front for ACORN? IF the liberals really believe they picked someone who's the BEST qualified out of what America has to offer, versus a pool of Affirmative Action selectees...why the big show to sell her? Why all the aggressive steps to try and convince the country that this is the person? Or could this be another ploy by the DNC to install liberalism at the highest levels, irrelevant to what the country actually needs?
    I firmly believe that any pick obama makes will be of a liberal nature and the judge will rule within the realm of their own little liberal mind and not to the letter of the law. Obama's lied to the country multiple times already, and Obama, keeping in line with his Alinsky "how -to,"
    manual, will do or say whatever to promote himself.

    May 29, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. Pee Wee

    It's interesting to see the demand to take her comments "in context", yet when Limbaugh is taken totally out of context (not to mention the actual content of the out of context statement being altered) there is nothing but derision.

    Like I've always said, race, color and creed aren't the issues, simply ideology.

    I saw a comment the other day about "white Ivy League men"...yet when we look at Ms. Sotomayor's credentials, we see she is an Ivy League alumnus.

    Predominant white Ivy League guys I can think of off-hand include John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, and Bill Clinton.

    This is all a side-show to take your eye off of the crippling Cap and Trade legislation working its way through Congress as we speak.

    At the end of the day, she'll be confirmed since the Republicans don't have the votes to stop her. It's just a formality at this point.

    May 29, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Luke Brown

    Why is that every time a black or Latino person says something about race, the Republican party calls them "racists"?

    GOP, deal with it. Good loyal Americans come in all colors.

    The scary truth is that most Republicans are very much like Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich, who degrade what should be a dignified public dialogue with these ugly comments. No one elected Rush to anything. Gingrich was run out of office for his own reckless behavior. Why do we even have to hear about the people any more?

    May 29, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Once You Vote Black

    I get mighty annoyed by the unspoken implication in a lot of commentary that anyone not a member of a Protected Minority must have grown up in a twelve-bedroom lakeside mansion and been chauffered off to prep school with a silver spoon in his mouth.

    Too Bad! Right now we are not talking about you. When you get selected for something we will hear your story. Until then stop player hating and pat the lady on her back.

    May 29, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. Rick

    "I Agree With Terry" – what a short, short memory you have. Democrats hoped and prayed for failure in Iraq so THEY could regain power. And the Dems are STILL campaigning. So much for post-racial and post-partisan politics. Obama's administration is both partisan and racist, but it's ok because he is a politically correct "person of color" it's okey-dokey.

    May 29, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. Marc

    Before anyone says that she's racist, take a look at the entire speech a few blogs below, read it and then, if you still think that she was being racist, make your statement on a more solid base.

    May 29, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Once You Vote Black

    I agree with the General. This is an Affirmative Action pick. When you win elections you get to pick who ever you want using what ever metric you want. Lets just put it to a vote. You guys would be in position to block this action if you would have held on to power. But instead you lost, so as JP suggested we are going to stuff this down your neck until 2010. If you loose then stand by for more of it. And thank Uncle Rush for this beating because in stead of making a plan to hold power he was playing games with Operation Chaos. So now, the Chickens are comming home to bite you in the bottom.

    May 29, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    "Therefore, they will oppose anything and everything, block, delay, prevent, stall, exaggerate, and defame while pretending to adhere to imaginary principles."

    Sounds like Democrats for 8 years to me.

    May 29, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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