Why Fight The Sotomayor Nomination?

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 28, 2009

Obviously, I would be shocked if Sonia Sotomayor is not confirmed as the next Associate Justice of the United States. But Dave Kopel gives some practical reasons–and principled ones–for combating the nomination irrespective of the odds of success. The following was written in response to a poll of bloggers asking whether it would be smart for Republicans to try to block the nomination:

“The Democrats who tried to block Roberts and Alito appear to have suffered no adverse consequences. [And, I should have added, neither did the Dems. who filibustered Miguel Estrada, who, like Sotomayor, is a Hispanic with an impressive life story.] Sotomayor is on the wrong side of fairness, empathy, the Constitution and the American people in regards to firearms ownership (Maloney v. Cuomo; United States v. Sanchez-Villar); wealthy people using the government’s eminent domain power to extort money from small business (Didden v. Village of Port Chester); and a racial spoils system for government employees (Ricci v. DeStefano).”

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