With Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing getting underway, the Right readies its attacks.
Manuel Miranda says “the Sotomayor hearings are a spotlight on the president who nominated her, and if the Republicans don’t use it that way they are fools.”
On Monday, a Sotomayor look alike will parade around with a “Sickle of Death,” showing Sotomayor’s support of the slaughter of unborn children. There will also be child coffins holding “dead babies.”
Randall Terry States:
“We are tired of Senators using unborn babies to seduce pro-lifers before elections – taking pro-lifers’ volunteer labor, money, and votes – only to cast us and the babies aside like an embarrassing mistress after an election. It is disgusting.
“Any pro-life Senator who votes for Sotomayor is turning their back on unborn children and continuing this holocaust. They can’t say, ‘I want to overturn Roe,’ and then confirm a Supreme Court Judge who will uphold Roe. To do so is hypocrisy, cowardice, and treachery of the first order.
Wendy Long of the Judicial Confirmation Network lists some questions she want to see asked:
Does Judge Sotomayor believe the abortion industry should be excused from having to prove its case in court when it sues to strike down a duly-enacted abortion regulation?
Does she believe medical records are relevant and admissible as a general matter but not if they involve abortion?
Does Sotomayor have such great faith in abortion providers that she is willing to accept their verbal claims as fact and impose them as a matter of law?
The American Center for Law and Justice likewise wants to see “tough questions” asked:
“The Senate must fulfill its constitutional role in providing advice and consent and that means asking the tough, in-depth questions about Judge Sotomayor’s view of the Constitution and her judicial philosophy,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “What does Judge Sotomayor believe is the proper role of judges? How does she view her role as a judge? These are important questions that deserve straight-forward answers. A Supreme Court appointment is the lasting legacy of a President. And, as President Obama moves to reshape the federal judiciary, it’s critical that the American people understand the judicial philosophy and temperament of Judge Sotomayor. Let’s not forget the scope and intensity of questions posed to President Bush’s Supreme Court nominees – John Roberts and Samuel Alito. The questioning of Judge Sotomayor must be direct, focused and in-depth. The nominee must answer the questions clearly and without reservation. The American people deserve nothing less.”
Concerned Women for America is sending a letter to Senators asking them to oppose her nomination:
CWALAC President Wendy Wright said, “Sonia Sotomayor has lived the American dream. Rising from a poor childhood to being nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Sotomayor is a testimony to the opportunities and blessings of America. But as we investigate her record, we are struck by her unwillingness to allow others to have the same opportunities as she has had. Her record reveals she lacks the primary characteristic required of a judge: impartiality. She has used her position as a judge to deny equal opportunity to people based on their ethnicity. She worked with organizations that aggressively fought against basic human rights for preborn children and ethical rights to ensure women and girls are not coerced into abortion. After giving her the benefit of the doubt, her record of giving preferences to certain classes of people and denying equal justice to others obliges Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee to oppose her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. We urge senators to vote against her nomination.
The Traditional Values Coalition has released a “scorecard” containing “16 questions Americans must demand U.S. Senators ask Judge Sonia Sotomayor before approving her lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land.” The questions include [PDF]:
How can we expect her to rule impartially on the law and the Constitution when she considers herself a world citizen – and openly supports Obama’s political agenda? She has violated the code of conduct for judges and should be disqualified.
Does Judge Sotomayor still believe in the superiority of female Hispanic justices over justices of other races and sex?
Why did race disqualify Miguel Estrada from receiving Senate approval, but not Sonia Sotomayor?
Will Judge Sotomayor refrain from abusing her new power on the Supreme Court to bring about radical change in American society?
Finally, the Committee for Justice claims that Sotomayor is as unpopular as was Harriet Miers and unveils two ads calling for her defeat, with one contrasting her to Martin Luther King and another claiming she wants to “take away your guns“: