Talking Points on Sotomayor for Caucus:
- We must filibuster Sonya Sotomayor's nomination. She is clearly an intelligent jurist, but being a Supreme Court Justice requires more. She must demonstrate her commitment to core constitutional values, and she has to prove she has the ability to be fair and impartial. By design, we know very little about Ms. Sotomayor, but the burden is on her to prove to us that she is fit for a life-time appointment. She simply hasn't done that.
- She has serious temperament problems. Her rulings have often been overturned by higher courts. She has been criticized by her fellows as “too ideological” to be a judge.
As [CENSORED] and [CENSORED] have described, Sotomayor has virtually no paper trail, and she has refused to answer the most basic questions about her views.
- I've been here for 40 years and I've worked with Republican and Democrat administrations in the confirmation process. This administration is the worst. They are seeking an ideologue at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and then they dare us to prevent them from packing the courts of appeals with ideologues. As [CENSORED] and [CENSORED] can attest, any attempt to work with them is rebuffed.
- If we allow them to place a left-wing ideologue on this court, we only have ourselves to blame. However, some of Sotomayor's opinions reflect a conservative attitude towards abortion, perhaps rooted in her Catholic faith. We must expose this issue, and capitalize on a favorable result by endorsing her as a “Pro-Life” candidate. The Democrats will then have the choice to withdraw her, or allow their own “stealth” justice on the Court.
- The Supreme Court is far too important to appoint another left-wing ideologue. The White House is telling us they plan to appoint more like Judge Sotomayor, but seem to have forgotten to ask about a challenge to Roe. While our opposition to her appointment will be maligned by the press, Judge Sotmayor's confirmation and appointment could prove favorable for us, at least in terms of a Roe challenge.. It would be fitting for them to make the same mistake we made with David Souter.