I Am Deeply Troubled by Republican Hypocrisy

I am just so weary of the posturing and the preening and the sheer unctiousness on display by Republican leaders who are just so “deeply troubled” by Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination.

Lindsey Graham is the latest of these concern trolls:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) gave a harsh assessment of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor Wednesday afternoon, criticizing her ideology, questioning her temperament and saying he had little intention of voting for her.

In a critical news conference following his 30-minute closed-door meeting with Sotomayor, Graham said that he would have great difficulty supporting her — and that he let her know it.

“I was very direct,” Graham told reporters gathered outside his office. “I have to decide how to play this game, quite frankly. If I use the same standard that Sen. [Barack] Obama used, then I would not vote for you, quite frankly.”
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Graham argued that Obama had voted against Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito because they differed with him on ideology, and that going by that standard, he would not be inclined to support the presumably far more liberal Sotomayor.

“He used a standard, I think, that makes it nearly impossible for a person from the opposite party to vote for the nominee,” said Graham.

“When I look at her record, her ideology, I’m deeply troubled,” he added.

Graham also, apparently, does not trust his own perceptions:

In his post-meeting news conference Graham also raised questions about Sotomayor’s temperament. He said that while she was friendly in the meeting, he could not simply ignore reports from other lawyers she’s dealt with that she has a fiery temper.

“I think she does have the intellectual capacity to do the job,” Graham said. “But there’s a character problem. There’s a temperament problem that they — during the time they’ve had to be a judge, that they were more of an advocate than an impartial decider of the law. And I’ve got to find out, in my own mind” about her temperament.

So why did he even bother meeting with her, then, if the way she spoke and handled herself face to face didn’t count for anything?

And yes, Creature is absolutely correct that if Judge Sotomayor’s name was Dick Cheney, or Antonin Scalia, or John McCain, her temperament and character would not be even slightly troubling.

4 Responses to “I Am Deeply Troubled by Republican Hypocrisy”

  1. Jack Jodell says:

    Kathy, better just dig in and hunker down for non-stop opposition to and criticism of every move Obama makes until the GOP’s back gets completely and deservedly broken in the 2010 election, as will certainly be the case. The current far right brand of Republicanism (which really began with the 1994 mid-term elections) has produced a zero tolerance party of narrow-minded intolerance. Their world view is that if you’re not 100% with them, they’re 100% against YOU. That’s why Clinton seldom got, and Obama will rarely see, any real cooperation from this misewrable group of angry, hateful, frustrated people. They are stonewalling themselves into oblivion.

  2. Remember this line “It’s the Economy Stupid?” … this nifty line applies even more today … Obama’s hopscotchin’ around the Middle East, Europe, and New York while Rome is burning …

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124407228244683091.html

    Jack, can you point out a few examples where Democrats cooperated with Reagan, Bush1 or Bush2?? How about Clinton and the GOP Congress huh?? No animosity or partisanship I suppose …

  3. Jack Jodell says:

    My, how memories are short and selective! Many Dems, among them House Speaker Tip O’Neill, worked on a genuine compromise to get Reagan’s tax-cuts passed, they gave overwhelming support to Bush I on the Gulf War, Clinton gave them nearly everything they wanted concerning free trade and deregulation (the only thing he and other Dems wouldn’t budge on was privatizing Social Security), and many of the Dems went along with Bush II’s tax cuts, passage of the Patriot Act, and the Military Commissions Act. Not once, even when in the minority under Bush II, did the entire Dem House caucus vote to oppose Bush II, as the Repubs did with Obama. Next time, please give me a tough question.

  4. Well done Jack. They did eventually bend on a few big issues, but you can’t deny the animosity between Democrats and GOP Presidents (especially Reagan and Bush2). As an example Democrats did not just fall in line with any tax cut proposals, (JFK cut taxes also) it was a decent fight, lots of bickering on the Dem side. Obama has only been in office a couple of months. GOP opposition means virtually nothing in terms of passing legislation. But good answers, much better than tas or Kathy … just keeping you straight.

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