Some Voices Rise Against Sotomayor’s Nomination

May 26, 2009 2:27pm

"She is an affirmative action case extraordinaire,” said conservative talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh today of Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor. "She is a hack, like he (President Obama) is a hack in the sense that the court is a place to be used to make policy, not to adjudicate cases."

Others also chimed in with criticism.

“Sonia Sotomayor has an extensive record and several troubling opinions where she seems willing to expand certain ‘rights’ beyond what the Constitution establishes and the appropriate Supreme Court precedent,” said Wendy Wright, president of the conservative group Concerned Women for America. “Congress needs to thoroughly vet Judge Sotomayor and Americans deserve enough time to evaluate her record and her announced bias for certain people. Her high reversal rate alone should be enough for us to pause and take a good look at her record. Frankly, it is the Senate’s duty to do so.”

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, the president of Americans United for Life, calls Sotomayor “a radical pick that divides America. She believes the role of the Court is to set policy which is exactly the philosophy that led to the Supreme Court turning into the National Abortion Control Board denying the American people to right to be heard on this critical issue. This appointment would provide a pedestal for an avowed judicial activist to impose her personal policy and beliefs onto others from the bench at a time when the Courts are at a crossroad and critical abortion regulations –- supported by the vast majority of Americans – like partial-birth abortion and informed consent laws lie in the balance.”

And former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee wrote (and since corrected) that the “appointment of Maria (sic) Sotomayor for the Supreme Court is the clearest indication yet that President Obama’s campaign promises to be a centrist and think in a bi-partisan way were mere rhetoric. Sotomayor comes from the far left and will likely leave us with something akin to the ‘Extreme Court’ that could mark a major shift.”

– jpt

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