Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Asked & Answered

I’m bleary eyed with exhaustion (not enough sleep last night and zoomed off in too many directions today). But I did catch some of the Senate Confirmation Hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor. I will simply repeat my Tweet from this morning:

Re: Sen. Jeff Sessions' (R-AL) questioning - Too bad the objection of "Asked & Answered" isn't available in a Senate Hearing!

I get that the Republicans have decided to be the party of “No”. I get that they feel the need to harp on the phrase “wise Latina”. But Lord love a duck, they began to sound like the annoying younger sibling who repeats everything you say, just to make you crazy! And, in keeping with Newton’s Third Law (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction), the Democrats had to swing all the way over to fawning, just to get across the idea that she would not be a crazed, bigoted, liberal, activist justice! Throughout it all, Judge Sotomayor remained unruffled and gave new meaning to the word unflappable.

At least no one is talking about Coca Cola cans...

Laws and sausages, laws and sausages - and senate confirmation hearings - Sheesh!



Anonymous said...

laws and sausages?????

What did I miss?


Pink Granite said...

Hi Gail -
Sorry about that!
I was referring to the quote, often attributed to Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), but which, after some Googling, actually is credited to Prussian/German Otto von Bismarck:

"Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made."

- Lee

Kate said...

What I continue to be bothered by is the idea of "impartiality." This dumbed-down notion that we must ensure our Supreme Court Justices are free of influence is not only impossible, but inappropriate. Judges cannot live in a vacuum and ignore how their personal experiences have shaped the way they interpret the law. Their job is to uphold the constitution, but the constitution is a living document. It breathes and bends with our changing society when necessary, which was intended when it was drafted. The Supreme Court at times must be our country’s gut check. I would rather have someone with a richness of life experience who can apply it appropriately and fairly to their constitutional interpretation, not some emotionless judge who cannot see the forest for the trees.

Pink Granite said...

Brava Kate!
I was hoping you would chime in on this.
We share the same opinion of and deep respect for The Constitution - as well as an understanding that the best judges or justices have brilliant legal minds and compassionate hearts.
Thanks for summing this up so perfectly!
- A.L.

Anonymous said...

This is the same kid who played with Transformers and danced in the back yard, ay gott love it!!!

My baby girl is sumpin' else.