GOP: Let’s hold Sotomayor to the standard of a judge we voted against
So much for the idea that elephants never forget.
Speaking to nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” remarks, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz) quoted at length from another Latino justice — Judge Richard Paez of the Ninth Circuit. “‘Recognize that you might have some bias, or prejudice,’” Kyl said in quoting Paez’s oft-cited instructions to juries on how to disregard their bias. “Recognize that it exists, and determine whether you can control it so that you can judge the case fairly. Because if you cannot—if you cannot set aside those prejudices, biases and passions—then you should not sit on the case.’”
Ranking minority member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) also held up Paez as the epitome of judicial impartiality in an impromptu press conference during a break this morning. The use of Paez is not a new meme for Republicans, but it certainly is a very strange ideal to hold Sotomayor to — especially since both Sessions and Kyl voted against Paez’s confirmation.
Perhaps more amazing, Paez was no run of the mill nomination and confirmation. His nomination famously lasted a record 1,506 days when the confirmation was repeatedly delayed by Republicans who held the majority in Congress and cited his supposed “judicial activism.”