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NOW GO GET HER
Re: Quin Hillyer’s No Patty-Cake, Please:
Mr. Hillyer’s advocating the Republicans abide by a sort of Marquis of Queensbury Rules is all very well and good, but don’t think for one New York Nanosecond the Democrats will.
Down-and-dirty is their S.O.P. Instead, Republicans should take a page or two from the Dems’ playbook — after all, they did give us the verb “to Bork.” And, if Sotomayor does go down to defeat, there will be others — many others — of her ilk who will be nominated in her stead.
It’s not going to be easy stopping Obama from using the
Constitution to paper train the puppy, but it is
imperative we try.
— Gretchen L. Chellson
Quin Hillyer says “No patty-cake” and then offers us patty-cake. We need to raise the volume on this nomination, not restrict ourselves to gentlemanly committee arguments that no one outside the Beltway will ever hear. And we should follow the evil party’s precedents on judicial filibusters, not play some game where we distinguish “our” filibuster from “their” filibuster. Do the so-called “moderate” evil party senators really want to have to explain to their constituents that they support a bigoted female chauvinist who not only will not rule objectively, but who does not believe in objective justice in the first place? Who opposes the plain meaning of the second amendment, or, at least, refuses to see it “incorporated” as all other Bill Of Rights provisions have been by the Supreme Court? Who wants to create a new Constitutional right to vote for incarcerated felons, regardless of the plain wording of the Fourteenth Amendment? And who would blow off with a few sentences of judicial claptrap the rights of white and Hispanic firefighters who were denied the fruits of their successful efforts to pass the promotions exam, because there was not a quota of blacks similarly successful? Her peers and those who practice law in her court attest that Judge Sotomayor is a jerk. They may not express it exactly that way, but that is what they are telling us.
We need to make sure that we note that this is not about abortion. The Obamamessiah will never appoint an opponent of the modern Dred Scott decision. This is about a loony left race/gender/class activist with an outrageous judicial history and a destructive view of the rule of law, all of which is clear from what she has written and said. Should we be accused of bigotry, we should remind all that it was the Republican Party who appointed the first black Secretary of State and first hispanic Attorney General, and that we will be pleased to support a qualified hispanic jurist, as we supported Judge Estrada for the Appeals Court, though he fell victim to Democrat game-playing.
We need to make these points loudly to get through the media gatekeepers. The media are busily defining Judge Sotomayor as an attractive judicial moderate. We need to change the discussion and the definition.
More Rush and Newt. Less Hillyer and Noonan.
— Stephen Zierak
Kansas City, Missouri
Mr. Hillyer is on the right path. This nomination can be defeated with the facts. Not only is she incompetent, but her personality is less than winsome. Frankly, she doesn’t have the judicial temperament to be a United States Supreme Court Justice. Based on the precedent set by Barack Obama, in the Roberts and Alito confirmations, that is enough to oppose her nomination.
Of course she’s unqualified — she’s an affirmative-action Democrat political hack masquerading as a judge. Republicans should capitalize on her inability to understand not only the rule of law, but the Constitution. This is an opportunity to reveal to the nation who the arrogant and effete Barack Obama is and how he wants to create an America that is more banana republic than even New Republic.
While Republicans can and should compliment her on her compelling story they can by judicious questioning and using the words and standards set by Senator Barack Obama make her unacceptable to the American people. The Senate is confirming a Justice to the United States Supreme Court and not buying an inflated Horatio Alger story or empathetic glorified social worker.
Now is the time to begin laying the foundations for 2010 and 2012 by showing that Republicans aren’t narrow-minded haters bent on reshaping America into a third world debtor state, but serious politicians concerned with the well-being of the country and its future.
Does anyone think Barack Obama will behave rationally if he doesn’t get his way? He’s a narcissist with the emotional maturity of a three year old. If he loses this “sure bet” he will throw an ungodly temper tantrum. Even the façade of his famed teleprompter cannot mask his juvenile and petty nature.
It is also important to note that Hispanics are not African-Americans. They are not controlled by racist group think nor are they imbued with the same sense of “victimization” and “entitlement” that pervades the African-American community. Republicans need to respect Hispanics as people and avoid adopting the racist Democrat/Obama philosophy of tokenism.
There is enough circumstantial evidence for every Republican in
the Senate to say, “NO MAS!”
— Michael Tomlinson
Jacksonville, North Carolina
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