Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Is Sonia Sotomayor Photogenic Enough For SCOTUS?

The Houston Chronicle ran a story on its website, “Get to know high court pick Sotomayor through family photos”. Our society relies heavily on how a person appears in front of the camera in order to determine qualifications for high office; serving on the Supreme Court being no different, the easily swayed public needed to be assured of Sotomayor’s credentials.

“Here is a photo gallery spanning Sonia Sotomayor's life compiled by Rick Dunham from Sotomayor family photos released by the White House .” ( also linked in title bar )

The average citizen must be too stupid or simply not interested in knowing more than the fluff being circulated in advance of a life time appointment to the highest court by a president intent on providing empathy rather than the rule of law.

Senator John Cornyn ( R ) Texas, did his best to straddle the political fence, not wishing to disturb Hispanic voters, in an article by Stewart Powell , also in the Houston Chronicle. You have to remember how the Democratic legislature in Texas is holding up a bill which would require valid photo identification in order to vote; many potential illegal alien voters might remember this important issue in 2010.

When referring to a serious gaffe, “Cornyn said he would ask Sotomayor whether she really felt that the role of federal appeals courts was “to make policy,” as she said in videotaped remarks at a Duke University law school panel in 2005.”

“I haven’t made any decisions,” the San Antonio resident said. “Certainly, I’m not going to prejudge.”

“U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison finds “troubling” statements she says Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has made in the past 11 years that federal judges are able to “change policy.””


“Hutchison said her vote against Sotomayor in 1998 was about Sotomayor’s “judicial activism” as a district court judge…”

Gosh and oh by golly, all they need to do is look at the carefully screened photographs supplied by the White House to know all that needs to be known about Sonia Sotomayor’s qualifications for the Supreme Court position. Isn’t that a wonderful smile? ( Photo credit to Getty Images )

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