“I think this is kind of a sideshow,” Obama adviser David Axelrod said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.
“The point she was making is that we’re all the sum total of our experiences and you bring those experiences with you to the bench,” Axelrod also said in the interview. “It’s the same point that Justice Ginsburg and Justice Alito have made and I think that the debate is kind of a diversion from her 17-year record as judge.”
When attention is focused on Judge Sotomayor’s record Axelrod, one of the president’s closest advisers, said that Obama’s Supreme Court pick showed herself to be a fair, even-handed jurist.
“The fact is that there is nothing in her record that reflects anything but fairness and fidelity to the law and I think that’s what we want in a U.S. Supreme Court justice,” Axelrod told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
Axelrod also said Sunday that Senate Republicans should not filibuster Sotomayor’s nomination, even though Democrats in the Senate have mounted filibusters against Republican judicial nominees in recent years.
“That would be a shame,” Axelrod said about the prospect of a filibuster against Sotomayor. “They ought to confirm her,” the Obama aide added.