Gingrich the Voice of the Sotomayor Conservative Opposition

In Chattering classes/punditry, legal issues/law/courts, politics, U.S government on May 30, 2009 by Editor Z

It appears that former House Speaker and possible 2012 Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich (R-GA) is spear heading the anti-Sotomayor opposition.

Just days after a brief twitter message by Gingrich accusing Sotomayor of racism for a part of a 2001 lecture as well as a statement that her view as a Latina Woman help her reach a better conclusion then a white man, despite the urging of NRSC Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to cease with such attacks on the Supreme Court Nominee and the consensus that she will be confirmed, Gingrich appears to be holding onto the belief that she can be stopped.

According to Swampland and TPM,. here is a letter from Gingrich who starts off by asserting that we are a nation of “law and order”.

There are only two options for how we govern ourselves – by laws, or by the will of those in power. The rule of law represents objective, dispassionate knowable standards that are applied and enforced equally to all citizens regardless of their background.

Thats weird, Gingrich seemed to shy away from the rule of law view regarding investigations of those in the Bush/Cheney administration and the Bush/Cheney era Justice Department for the use of torture or so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” that violated provisions of the Geneva Conventions as well as the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

But here Gingrich continues, branding Sotomayor “Un-American”:

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

You read that right — Judge Sotomayor said that her experience as a person of a particular sex and ethnic background will make her a better judge than a person of another sex and a different ethnic background!

When did that view become acceptable?

If Civil War, suffrage, and Civil Rights are to mean anything, we cannot accept that conclusion. It is simply un-American. There is no room on the bench of the United States Supreme Court for this worldview.

Now I don’t know that much on Sotomayor, her work as a Jurist, nor the field of law to really make any determination on the quality of her work or really the soundness of her rulings, however thwarting the Sotomayor confirmation appears to be a futile task. The Democrats (with maybe the possible exception of Ben Nelson (D-NE)) seem united and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) also appears to be enthusastic about the nomination.

If Gingrich views the Sotomayor nomination as something to bring his party and the conservative movement back from a state of ruins and humiliation, or reserect his political career that ended in disgrace a decade ago, he would at least at this stage be swimming against a mammoth tidal wave. The only people Gingrich seems to be effectively rallying are the angry elderly Church going white heterosexual southerners or George Wallace “angry white man” crowd that are a constituency the Republican Party and the Conservative movement already had, and as the past two elections demonstrate that will not get you to a winning 51%.

Conservatives would be wise to keep their powder dry for a battle they could actually win and persuade the American people on, or argue on her judicial philosophy, rather then a series of desperate character attacks that will only increase her stature, which according to recent polls is already fairly high.



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