Friday, June 5, 2009

Painted Into Another Corner

Political Cartoon is by Jeff Parker in Florida Today.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn hasn’t ruled out a filibuster of President Barack Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee, but he has urged the Senate and public to “calm down” long enough to evaluate whether Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s is capable of meting out colorblind justice.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has pledged that Senate hearings on Judge Sonia Soto­mayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court would focus on her judicial record and not digress into personal attacks.

Cornyn, a member of the Judiciary Committee that will hold hearings on the nomination, met with Sotomayor in his office and told her the proceedings would be civil.

“I promised her that she would have a fair and dignified process,” Cornyn told reporters after the meeting.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has been "lauded" for asking his Republican colleagues to judge Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor on her merits and experience and not her race or ethnicity.

Texas' senior senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison, also a Republican, declined to repudiate the "racist" allegation during a Dallas appearance on Friday. On CNN this morning, she said "it troubles me" that a judge would assert that her ethnicity might provide her superior insight or wisdom.

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