May 30th, 2009
10:30 AM ET
soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. David Newport, OR

    I have no doubt she will be an outstanding Justice. Anyone the GOP opposes is my kind of nomination. I find it hillarious that if you read the transcripts of both Alito and Scallia, the 2 MOST CONSERVATIVE justices on the bench, they said the same thing that Sotomayor is being critized for during their Congressional hearings. Don't believe it? It is public record and you can easily get the transcripts if you really wanted to know. But the fact is they, (GOP) doesn't want the truth to be known. So they just keep preaching crap and 20% of Americans just fall along. Pathetic, but true.

    May 30, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Bill Denton, TX

    Ah, more racism from Tim this time. "She'll serve our nation with more distinction than a white judge?"



    I don't care if she's orange, I would just point out that she is not as qualified as Robert Bork in terms of ACTUAL qualifications and the Dems were amazingly silent about all that.

    May 30, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Polar Bears Against Palin

    And, it's Bush and the Republicans that have alread trampled on the constitution. Including, violating people's privacy. Phone and wire tapping ring a bell, you right wing hypocrites?

    May 30, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Dino

    I hope Boss Limbaugh gets killed in a car crash today. He is a bigot.

    May 30, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. David Newport, OR

    Somehow, the comments of "White Man from suburbs" does not surprise me. Anyone who has the NEED to state that he is a "white" man says everything I need to know about that individual. I bet it sucks watching "your" country be taken over by people who care about other people. It makes me proud to anger you so much.

    May 30, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. She will do a great job

    there are many good choices and she is among them, maybe the best choice

    she will start the repair on what the likes of scalia has done so much damage

    May 30, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Larry from RI

    Let the right wail and gnash their teeth – no one cares what you think anymore – especially after the mess your party has made of this once great nation!

    So sit down and have a nice big cup of STFU while the grownups continue cleaning up after your abysmal 8-year record of ruining things.

    May 30, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Lori

    Sotomayor is an excellent choice for the Supreme Court. Let me clarify to the Republicans why their argument is a joke:
    1) President Obama is not a racist b/c he is HALF WHITE and raised by his WHITE side of his family
    2) Sotomayor's RECORD shows an impartial judge who does not have a racist bone in her body

    As a white woman, I am personally offended that the Republicans are a) attacking an intelligent and qualified woman. Sotomayor is NO Sarah Palin and b) I see the hypocrisy of focusing on the 'latina' part of her comment and not the 'woman' part. It's easier to pit whites against hispanics but they wouldn't dear turn their argument into a gender issue. We, women, should be offended and this will be remembered in 2010 and 2012!

    May 30, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Katn, I label Sotomayor a racist based on her ruling in the New Haven firefighter case. Denying promotions because all the highest scoring test takers happened to be white is pure racism. The time for reverse racism in the name of Affirmative Action is over, and that goes double for selecting Supreme Court justices.

    May 30, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Larry

    It is amazing ...

    The sound of the truth ...

    And this one man, speaks it so well

    In all that I have ever heard him say ...


    May 30, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. zalgo

    one step closer to outlawing the white man

    May 30, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Skyview

    Western Civilization is based on the debunked theory that the 'white man' is superior to all others. Well, we know what happened in Athens, Rome, and Old England; this experiment failed. But for FDR's policies and its progeny this same experiment would have sent the USA the way of its predecessors. Now that that Nixon's Southern Strategy, Regean's Deregulation, and Bush's Passionate Conservatism, all code words for 'white man control,' have been debunded, too, America is once again on the road to its destiny of greatness.

    May 30, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Ray Fisher

    My only fear on Sotomayor is that she will rule against any immigration legislation other than open borders as her associations would reflect. We musn't have a judge who believes it is permissible to disobey the law or will rule against any laws protecting our borders!!!

    May 30, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Mass Brian

    Rehnquist wrote a memo for Justice Robert Jackson, who he clerked for when the Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education. In it, he defended separate but equal facilities. He also worked actively as a young Republican ballot protectionist to challenge voting credentials of blacks and hispanics in Arizona. Where was the outrage then?

    May 30, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. Every

    SHE SAID “HOPE” "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." All the hopla over this judge's comments are shockinly ignorant! She is saying that, she aspires or is challenging herself to a higher standard based on her life experience, proud heritage and knowledge of law to be an extraordinary woman! She is acknowledging most of the justices over the last 100 years have been white males detached from societal experiences and without full understanding of how their decisions impact peoples lives! THERE WAS NO NEED FOR RECLARAFICATION BY THE PRESIDENT! BUT, BECAUSE OF REPUGLICAN HYSTERIA, SOUND BITE POLITICS, AND MALICIOUSNESS, BIAS, AND POLITICAL POSTURING, HE HAD NO CHOICE TO STEP INTO THE ARENA!

    May 30, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. gridwerk

    dean, youre a idiot.

    How does Sotomayors racism have anything to do with Rush's pills? Thats the only argument you inpotent libreals have anymore- "Obama bows to foreign royalty, is a constitutional axe-man and his wife is a near-traitorous U.S. hater? uh... WELL RUSH IS A JUNKIE!!!" (theres your argument)?

    How come when a minority is hooked on crack he's a victim of the white man and deserves to have the whole world stop for him to help with his rehab (on our dime) but any white conservative is simply, in your eyes, a hopeless cause with no future? Send that memo to Ted Kennedy, please, at least Rush didnt murder someone.

    May 30, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Debbie, white Mom in the suburbs

    oh, and I forgot to apologize for being white... I can change, hopefully obama will help me not be white anymore.

    May 30, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Simmy

    Some of your statements are truly baffling......How far down in your gray matters did you all have to dig to come up with some of your theories? Judge Sotomayor will be a fine justice on the SC......Justice Thomas tried to make his opposition about racism, it never was......Big business and the 'good ol' boys' were on board with him....The testimony by Anita Hill that he sexually harassed her (aka his can of coke moment) was the main contention against his character, as one that would hold such a high position......But it didn't raise any eyebrows among Republicans......They wanted him in at any cost.....Since he has been there, he has behaved like Steve Martin did in 'The Jerk.'

    Opposition to Judge Sotomayor compounds racial and gender biases......The President's next appointment will be either an African American or an alternate lifestyle individual......We are all God's children.........

    May 30, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Willy Brown


    May 30, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Eric

    Good word to use – it literally translates to "Born Again". Unfortunately that is as far as it applies. There is no new thought, art, or science in the Republicans, and as long as Limbaugh and Gingrich control the party there never will be. Born Again, but born the same. Yuk.

    May 30, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Lisa in Alabama

    The Republicans do not have ONE black US Congressman or Senator.
    Nuff said

    May 30, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Desert Storm VETERAN - Welcome to the end of the era of dumb ass Republicans and Stoopid Retards like Rush Limbaugh and Newt in power

    If Obama picked her that's good enough for me. In fact, because of the way the GOP has managed to twist the minds of the white majority in this country since the times of slavery, I feel like I should apologize for being white. It is a shame and disgrace how Republicans have institutionalized racism in the U.S.for so long. Now that whites are facing the prospects of the very legacy of racism they are so proud of they are angry. Oh, boo hoo. Sotomayor may or may not be racist, but so what? Who cares? That doesn't come close to what dumb hick whites still practice in Tennessee and elsewhere – hanging blacks. GOP whites are the most racist people on earth and the only way to change that is to put Sotomayor on the high court.

    May 30, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Edward

    Regarding the firefighter case the court did not vote to deny the firefighters promotions, they can’t vote on that ... they voted in favor of the states right to discard the test. According to the law the state has the right to discard the test and although this law is obviously biased and racist, had the court voted against the rights given to them by law interest groups that support such racism would sue and claim that it is a violation of their rights to deny them the privilege of discarding the test. Essentially what the court did in this case was uphold the law and although it’s a racist law (just because it’s law doesn’t mean that it’s right) that must be changed any other ruling would have been “making law from the bench” … the very thing that she is being accused of doing. It is not in the courts jurisdiction, so to speak, to rule on the morality of such a law but rather to uphold it. Rulings on the morality and justness of the law are made elsewhere.

    May 30, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Edward

    I was not pleased when I first heard her comments regarding "the richness of her experience" but not wanting to take the quote being repeated on television over and over out of context I did my own research and found that she was actually addressing the issues of sex and race discrimiations rulings made by the supreme court throughout it's history and she was trying to say that a supreme court filled with one race and sex (Caucasian males) cannot properly understand all of the different perspectives that these discrimination cases by default are viewed through and therefore having witnessed some of these things first hand she would perhaps see things differently that someone who "hasn't lived that life". She went on to say that there are many who are fair minded but some simply can't understand without having the experience and some simply don't care to understand. Again, this statement was made during a session regarding sex and race discrimination rulings and “news” programs are making it sound as though she brought up her sex and race just to make a point. Certainly there are people fanning the flames in an attempt to cause outrage. Those taking the statement out of context must have read the entire transcript in their search for more quotes that they could misrepresent and simply omitted that which would not validate their misleading argument.

    May 30, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Jean

    I say go nuke her and don’t hold back.

    Oh! It’s OK to go nuke on conservative women but please don’t touch this delicate flower. This woman looks like Shrek and should be able handle herself.

    I say let the games begin. Nuke her!

    May 30, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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