First read this from Daily Kos:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), reacting to the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States:Senate Republicans will treat Judge Sotomayor fairly. But we will thoroughly examine her record to ensure she understands that the role of a jurist in our democracy is to apply the law even-handedly, despite their own feelings or personal or political preferences.
Now, it's being pointed out by some that "apply the law even-handedly, despite their own feelings or personal or political preferences," in this case, is code for "vote conservative and pro big-business." Probably rightly.
But what stands out for me is the condescension of saying they will "ensure she understands the role of a jurist."
A few of Judge Sotomator's qualifications (I got these from Jamelle):
...graduated from Princeton summa cum laude, edited the Yale Law Journal and sat on a federal bench for fifteen years.
Now, who do you suppose better understands the role of a jurist? Such a woman as that...or the senate minority leader?
Now read Dylan Lowe in HuffPost:
...the GOP is angling for a fight. Among the few who graced Obama's short list, Sotomayor was largely considered the most progressive of the bunch. But as the Republican leadership gears up, they may be walking squarely into another political trap, carefully designed by the president.
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