June 2nd, 2009
04:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Sotomayor ‘could Bork herself,' conservative Hispanic says

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/02/art.miranda0602.cnn.jpg caption="Making a reference to the failed Supreme Court nomination of Judge Robert Bork, Manuel Miranda said Tuesday that Judge Sonia Sotomayor could Bork herself during her upcoming confirmation hearings."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor could be her own worst enemy in her Senate confirmation hearings if her reputation for being tough on lawyers from the bench is to be believed, a conservative Hispanic said Tuesday.

"She could Bork herself," said Manuel Miranda, the chairman of the conservative group the Third Branch Conference. "It's very possible."

"Think about it: Sam Alito, soft spoken; John Roberts, affable and soft spoken; Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg . . . all of them soft spoken. This nominee's more like Judge Bork. She has a temper. She has an attitude. She could come across as hubristic in the hearings – as arrogant."

Miranda's comments came on the same day that his organization requested that the Republican leadership in the Senate mount a filibuster of Sotomayor's confirmation vote in order to allow sufficient time for conservative judicial philosophies to get a public airing during confirmation process.

Read: The Third Branch Conference's letter to Senate Republicans

"We call on you instead to display leadership, if the nominee merits it, in preparing for the use of the traditional filibuster, not intended to obstruct, together with moderate
Democrats, so that the debate on the Senate floor is appropriately long and, therefore, suitably catalyzed to the American people," says Third Branch's letter to Senate Republicans.

The letter is "an attempt to speak for the conservative movement – as best one can," Miranda said Tuesday.

Miranda, who like Sotomayor is Hispanic and grew up in New York City, also said he thought the judge's oft-emphasized status as a Latina is being used to try to intimidate conservatives into not opposing her nomination.

"We're not putting a lot of focus on the fact that she is a Latina woman. It would be better if she were a Latina woman that didn't say the kind of things she's said and didn't write the kind of things she writes. That's not the issue."

"We make a mistake if we do not come to grips, acknowledge, recognize, and then move on the issue of the great life story, the inspiring life story," Miranda added about Sotomayor's rise from working class roots. "It is an inspiring life story, it is a great aspect of national pride."

In order to avoid possibly alienating Hispanics while opposing Sotomayor, Miranda suggested that Republicans should focus their criticism on the substantive aspects of Sotomayor's nomination.

Republicans need to put "substance into the void," Miranda said. "A vote against this nominee without substance is going to be problematic. We have to explain our vote."

Filed under: Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. skyhawkdriver

    The sad state of affairs is that this unqualified racist woman is going to be seated as our next supreme court justice..the race card has been played and every white male now has his neck in a noose..as far as robert bork is concerned all you have to do is ask the bumbling fool joe biden about that..some of us do have memories joe old boy..do I think any of the spineless republican senators will fight this appointment??..absolutly not..obumbler will get what he wants..a racist socialist in his own image..I pity this wonderful country

    June 2, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Sotomayor ‘could Bork herself,' conservative Hispanic says


    Sounds like a Conservative's wet dream..........

    Anyway.......I seriously doubt that she'll be 'Borked'; not by her's or anyone else's actions.

    June 2, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Jonathan

    I can't believe the level to which some conservatives are willing to sink to maintain their fascist and theocratic ideologies. Many of the comments from conservatives here are outright lies if not extreme exagerations. It should be obvious by now where your politics of economic greed and world police control have led us. And this week, the irony of domestic terrorism by a conservative poster child committing murder and mayhem – at a Church in Wichita, KS! The terrorists here at home are revealed once again – and they are not liberals or libertarians! Please consider emmigration to... anywhere but here.

    June 2, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Brad

    This from Mr. Miranda. Just google Third Branch Conference.

    Early on, I decided that this was not the right time to press to affirm our 4th Third Branch Principle: to make Republicans the Party of no obstruction and no judicial filibusters. That is a debate for another day.

    In other words it is the time for obstruction by Republicans. Looks like they are doing a great job.

    What a hack!

    June 2, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. John -- White Plains, NY

    To those of you who have forgotten that there is a justice on the court who has not uttered a word during oral arguments for the past three terms - its Clarence Thomas - perhaps the most unqualifed person to ever sit on the Court. He cannot hold a candle to Sotomayor's intellect and he was selected only because he was African American. The scary thing is that he has been on the Court almost 18 years, is only 60 years old and has not even authored a significant opinion. He was only on the bench less than a year before his appointment. He is no Thurgood Marshall and he is no Sonia Sotomayor.

    June 2, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Jim

    Another shady rightwing crank looking to make a name for himself.

    Thanks CNN for indulging him. Keep it up and soon you'll be right up there competing with Faux News for the journalistic integrity (now there's an oxymoron) award.

    June 2, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Big Ed

    Does anyone know Spanish for the word "Moron"?

    June 2, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Ana

    I am loving all these white men crying out racism!!! This is soooo hillarious!!! Ha Ha Ha Ha! You've done it for the past hundreds of years...now SUCK IT UP!

    June 2, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. Big Ed

    She was good enough for "H.W." – so chew on that one Limbaugh Lovers!

    June 2, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    Big Ed,

    I think its El Morono, but even if it's not this white boy pretending to be a hispanic can understand that.

    June 2, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Retired Army in San Antonio

    To all of you that say she's unqualified........how is she unqualified?

    I mean......I'd really like to know. I mean......from where I stand, she has more experience as a Jurist than ANY of the current SC Judges at the time that THEY were nominated.

    She has more time as a Jurist than any SC nominee in the last 110 years! So......what make her unqualified?

    June 2, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Johnny DC

    Senator Obama: "John Roberts is very qualified for Chief Justice." Confirmation vote of NAY.

    Senator Obama: "Justice Alito is very qualified for the SCOTUS."
    Filibusters to even prevent a vote from happening at all. Eventual confirmation vote of NAY.

    That's your guy. Congrats sheep. Any comments on that? I'm all shears.

    June 2, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    "The dems own the Senate and will confirm her, even though she is unqualified.

    yeah moron, and Bushes cleaning lady was so much more qualified.

    June 2, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. Keeth in California

    "We call on you instead to display leadership, if the nominee merits it, in preparing for the use of the traditional filibuster..."

    traditional, yes.

    leadership, no.

    June 2, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    I am loving all these white men crying out racism!!! This is soooo hillarious!!! Ha Ha Ha Ha! You've done it for the past hundreds of years…now SUCK IT UP!

    And another hypocrite shows up. I haven't done anything for the past 100 years, mostly because I'm not 100 years old. Other reasons are I'm the son of immigrants and never got a break on anything that I didn't make for myself. And plus, I have been the victim of several acts of racism.

    So, please don't post stupid things if you can help it.

    June 2, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Tom in CA

    Moron = en español Imbécil.

    June 2, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. patricia garrett

    judge sotomayor is a pon in the hands of American( Whites).She will be elected to the Supreme Court because her record shows that 95% of the time this judge did not Assist American( Blacks) in their Discrimnation cases.The record show that 8 out of 10 times Judge Sotomayor favored Employers in these Law suites. American (Whites) are in love with anyone who MIS-TREAT American( Black.)However, when she voted against the American( Whites) Fire Fighters in Connecticut,then Judge Sotomayor is put in the glass of scrunity and vehement criticism .They will win their cases ONLY to make an example of this Judge.This is all part of America hypocrisy .

    June 2, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Tom in CA

    GOP = Grand Obstructionism Party!

    Enough said!

    June 2, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. No Hillary = No Obama

    You mean we might get someone on the bench that actually has a backbone and a personality? Sexist pig comments.

    June 2, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. pete peterson

    He's dreaming.

    June 2, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. Tom in CA

    ...no...AGT is the racist!

    June 2, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. malclave

    I think Sotomayor definitely shows signs of being someone who would seek to legislate her own ideals of ideological supremacy from the bench, and I believe she should face tough questions from the Senate.

    However, her nomination should not be subject to a filibuster. I believed that when the Democrats (including Barry Obama) did that, it was contrary to the spirit of the Constitution, and I believe the same thing would be true if the Republicans try a filibuster here.

    June 2, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA

    Johnny DC,

    I love it when Republicans pick and chose their "facts" out of many stories. Heck I went to a conservative church few days ago and heard the preacher predict the end of days by pulling a few nicely picked sentences out of 7 different bible books. It was THE CODE OF GOD, made sense to a lot of Republicans.

    I am going to comb the bible for random sentences and PROVE to the Republicans, that God is really the The Flying Spaghetti Monster.

    oh, wait a minute somebody already did that, nevermind. Carry-on....

    June 2, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. Joseph, Los Angeles

    All I see, and all I hear is racist white men calling her a racist. I get a great chuckle out of this.

    June 2, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. Neilz

    She could "Bork" herself? Where do the Republicans get these gas bags. Isn't shooting yourself in the foot everyday enough. Must you shoot yourself in the head, too?

    June 2, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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