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Bloviating Gasbag (R-Alabama)

Bloviating Gasbag (R-Alabama)

Priceless:

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), seeking to discredit Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy, cited her 2001 “wise Latina” speech, and contrasted the view that ethnicity and sex influence judging with that of Judge Miriam Cedarbaum, who “believes that judges must transcend their personal sympathies and prejudices.”

“So I would just say to you, I believe in Judge Cedarbaum’s formulation,” Sessions told Sotomayor.

“My friend Judge Cedarbaum is here,” Sotomayor riposted, to Sessions’ apparent surprise. “We are good friends, and I believe that we both approach judging in the same way, which is looking at the facts of each individual case and applying the law to those facts.”

Cedarbaum agreed.

“I don’t believe for a minute that there are any differences in our approach to judging, and her personal predilections have no effect on her approach to judging,” she told Washington Wire. “We’d both like to see more women on the courts,” she added.

Open mouth, insert foot.


UPDATE:

Here’s some video:

10 Responses

  1. To Senator Sessions – Sucks to be you…

  2. I’ve watched segments of the hearings today. At times SS seemed to be a little defensive and maybe juggling what was behind the questions. But I would say it is all falling into place.

    I think this was upstaged by the news about the House health care bill and the plans to pay for it with a surtax on the rich, starting with families making $350 k.

    Now that we actually have a house bill perhaps we can get closer to discovering the details of how we are going to be screwed. So cynical, sorry.

  3. LMAO! Go, women! Glad they stuck up for each other. 🙂

  4. Sessions got punk’d by a Wise Latina.

  5. I just posted the same quote on the live blog, not knowing you had done a post, myiq. That was a great moment. I wish I’d seen it.

  6. Here’s another good one:

    http://thinkprogress.org/2009/07/14/sessions-sotomayor-prldef/

    This morning, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) castigated Sotomayor for not ruling with her fellow Puerto Rican colleague, conservative Judge José A. Cabranes, when she decided to deny an en banc appeal in Ricci v. DeStefano, a process in which all judges of a court hear a case (as opposed to a three-judge panel of them). Sessions seemed to indicate that people of the same ancestry should vote the same way:

    SESSIONS: You voted not to reconsider the prior case. You voted to stay with the decision of the circuit. And in fact your vote was the key vote. Had you voted with Judge Cabranes, himself of Puerto Rican ancestry, had you voted with him, you could’ve changed that case.

    Sessions slammed Sotomayor as being “unsuitable for the bench” due to her past affiliation with the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF). Apparently, Sessions didn’t realize that Judge Cabranes also served on PRLDEF’s board.

  7. More like spread ’em, insert head.

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