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Jul. 13 2009 - 1:04 pm | 51 views | 0 recommendations | 6 comments

GOP: Let’s hold Sotomayor to the standard of a judge we voted against

{{w|Jon Kyl}}, member of the United States Senate.

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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.”


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    Well now ole J. Beauregard Sessions is a true bars and stripes southerner from the old school and he knows a racist when he sees one cause he’s seen lots and lots of em.

    And I am reminded Leghorn Foghorn…Camptown Races…here we go…Doo-DAH! Doo-DAH!

    The man who thought the only thing wrong with the Ku Klux Klan was some of ‘em smoke marijuana yet found NAACP and ACLU un-american because they shove civil rights down our throats.

    Now Beauregard is a bit bitter because his views cost him a judgeship so he must feel like those poor firemen, a victim of reverse discrimination. He tried to back pedal at his confirmation hearing, “That’s a joke…I say, that’s a joke son.” The committee didn’t buy it nor should we.

    Now Beauregard has bonded with Senator Kyl over the illegal immigration reform, Sessions doesn’t want any path for citizenship while Kyl wants to give them five years to leave the country before reapplying for admission. They both burned their Latin bridges so what the hell let’s give the wise Latina hell, just like we gave the fair Paez a no vote. Score some points with the raging white guys out there, you know their base. Hell nobody is going to check out our past, real Americans don’t eat quiche or use the Google.

    Doo_DAH! Doo DAH.

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    Without hypocrisy , the GOP would shrivel and die, it’s one of the only things it has left.

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    This is going to be a great confirmation hearing. I can just feel it coming.

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