I have blogged about this before; but I will write a few lines about it again. As much as I hate repeating myself.
Voting largely along party lines, the Senate on Thursday confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the 111th justice of the Supreme Court. She will be the first Hispanic and the third woman to serve on the court.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. was expected to administer the oath of office to Judge Sotomayor, 55, in the next few days, with a formal ceremony likely in September. She succeeds Justice David H. Souter, who retired in June.
Democrats celebrated the successful nomination and relatively smooth confirmation process as a bright spot in a summer when they have been buffeted by several challenges, including rocky progress on their attempts to overhaul the nation’s health care system, President Obama’s falling approval ratings, the climbing unemployment rate and other lingering economic problems.
Shortly after the vote, President Obama said he was “deeply gratified” and confident that Judge Sotomayor would become an outstanding justice. The ideals of “justice, equality, opportunity” that guide the high court are the very ones that made the judge’s “uniquely American story” possible in the first place, the president said.
As I have written here time and again, Elections have consequences and this, again, is one of the consequences of that election. The Republicans chose to run a rather idiotic political campaign through John McCain; one based upon fear and utter stupidity and they lost. They lost in 2006 and then lost horribly again in 2008. This also was the result of the Republican Party’s support of a Wilsonian style of rule for 8 years. This cost them horribly and rightfully so.
I hope that the Republican Party here in the next four to eight years will renounce this idiotic Wilsonian foreign policy nonsense and will develop a sensible approach to foreign policy. There are signs that some within that party are coming out from under the spell of the George W. Bush Wilsonian stupor. I hope that this will continue as time goes on. The encouraging thing is that there are still some Conservatives on the bench and Mrs. Sotomayor is not the only person up there. There are some within Conservative ranks, which act as if she will be the only person in the Supreme Court; of course, that is foolishness. Hence the remark about fear mongering earlier.
Surprisingly there are some Progressive Liberals who do not believe that she is Liberal enough for the court; and likewise, there are some within the Gun Community, who believe that she is too liberal. The Lady cannot win, she is either one or the other, and she cannot be both! (Well, she could, but it would be weird! )
My feelings are this; time will tell. While I doubt highly that, her approval will drastically change anything in the short run; time will tell in the long run. This should give Conservatives and yes; Republicans pause and cause them to begin to think about the future of America. It should and I do say, Should; give them motivation to get off the stupidity and get back to the Business of saving this wonderful Republic of ours.