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What to watch in Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings

Just getting underway now with blowhard Patrick Leahy already turning her into Mother Teresa although she is a high achieving person without a doubt, these hearings will certainly be interesting how the republicans challenge her record without being called racists by all the liberal media and blogs.

Something of which may keep most of them from mounting any kind of serious objections to her confirmation which will likely seal their fates in 2010 for some and 2012 for others, and for all we know, all these dems and republicans who act like this is for real could have likely had dinner last night and already know what the outcome of this potential dog and pony show will be.

Then again these can sometimes turn into outright entertainment as when Anita Hill took the country by storm likely in my opinion lying her ass off about Clarence Thomas, with some outrageous claims that people still talk about and sometimes mock going on 20 years later.

One of the top republicans we have worth a damn in the room for this are Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who is speaking right now and quite eloquently nat 9:21 am cdt, and you can watch it here if at work at CSPAN as well as FOX or CNN, which would be only ones I would bother to watch..

Others will be Orrin Hatch, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C, John Cornyn R-TX and a few others....thanfully, one who would have likely singing the praises of Sotomayor finally went to the other side a few months ago, obviously meaning Benedict Arlen Specter, so at least we won't have to suffer through wondering "what the hell he was thinking?" moments like conservatives did every time he opened his mouth at one of these things, of which he attended many over his time as a supposed republican senator..
What to watch in Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings

Glenn Thrush - POLITICO.com:Sonia Sotomayor still speaks with her elderly mom, who’s retired in Florida, “every day.”

She’s a “doting” aunt to three of her brother’s children and an “attentive godmother to five more.”

And did you know she was a “fearless and effective prosecutor” and anti-child-pornography crusader widely credited “with saving baseball”?

These biographical gems come from the official, 200-plus-page White House playbook distributed to Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats tasked with defending President Barack Obama’s SCOTUS nominee during this week’s confirmation hearings.

What emerges from the document is a streamlined, no-drama strategy modeled on the flawless performance of Chief Justice John Roberts back in 2005. Roberts bedeviled Democrats by deflecting questions about his judicial philosophy with the law school equivalent of Greenspan-speak, the art of saying virtually nothing in the most expansive language possible.

“Roberts is our gold standard,” conceded one Democratic aide.

The document emphasizes three major talking points:

1. Sotomayor has an inspiring, only-in-America personal narrative, rising from a single-parent Puerto Rican home in the South Bronx to the apex of U.S. jurisprudence.

2. She’s been a tough, law-and-order jurist and prosecutor absolutely adored by cops and other lawyers.

3. She respects precedent, has adopted a pragmatic legal approach and has more federal bench experience than any other high court nominee over the past 70 years.

“We want to make it the boringest hearings ever,” said a senior Democratic Senate aide. "


The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. H. L. Mencken

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