Hands off Sotomayor? Remember Estrada?

The GOP is being warned that if they go after Sonia Sotomayor, TOTUS’ judicial activist nominee, that they will face ruin with hispanic voters.  The Left is demonstrating a (typical) massive and endemic bigotry about hispanics, thinking that they all vote in a block based upon race.  But of course the Left only sees people as members of a group.  They can never see individuals.

Not only are they being bigoted, they are being hypocrites (par for the course, right?).  Does the name Miguel Estrada ring a bell?

Highly qualified nominee Miguel Estrada

Highly qualified nominee Miguel Estrada

From The Heritage Foundation:

Do you remember Miguel Estrada? Back in 2001, Miguel Estrada was a nominee for the United Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Unfortunately, Miguel Estrada never became a judge. His crime? He was a Latino Republican who liberals believed was on the fast-track for the Supreme Court

By the twisted (and bigoted) logic of the Sotomayor supporters the Democrats should never have opposed Estrada because the monolithic and unthinking hispanic voting bloc (their position, NOT MINE) would begin to vote against Democrats simply because they opposed an hispanic.  Of course, this did not happen because hispanics are not an unthinking, ethnicity-obsessed voting bloc.  And not only did the Democrats oppose him, they filibustered him, demonstrating that it is not about qualifications at all, it is about his Originalist philosophy (meaning: he has read and follows the text of the US Constitution).  For the Left the end always justifies the means.

The article continues:

Despite graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School and serving as the Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy Chief of the Appellate Section at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Miguel Estrada’s nomination to the United Court of Appeals was effectively killed. Then in the minority, Senate Democrats mounted a successful filibuster under Minority Leader Tom Daschle preventing Miguel Estrada from even getting the courtesy of receiving a simple up or down vote.

The minority party was well aware that Miguel Estrada would have the votes necessary to gain confirmation. Why stop him? It was later revealed in internal Memos (warning PDF) addressed to Minority Whip Dick Durbin that liberal activist groups pressured Democrats to prevent the confirmation of Estrada whom they viewed as “especially dangerous” because “he is a Latino, and the [Bush] White House seems to be grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment.” In other words, they sought to stop him in order to prevent Bush from nominating a Latino to the Supreme Court. Subsequent memos suggested that Democrats on the Judiciary Committee and leadership agreed to filibuster because Estrada was “likely to be a Supreme Court nominee” and “[t]he Democratic base is particularly energized over this issue.”

Apparently, attacking Hispanic conservatives is perfectly understandable and all part of due-diligence. But if conservatives examine the record of a liberal judge for the highest court in the land, it’s racism?

I am so very grateful that my parents taught me not to sterotype/label races or ethnicities.  That is one of the reasons that I could never be a liberal/progressive: I believe in the individual and I loathe shallow group identities based upon ethnicity, race, or religion.

Ironically, Ms Sotymayor’s own words show that she is in the fact the bigot in this scenario:

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

How could anyone who thinks like that not be a liberal?  And what in the hell does her alleged richness of experiences (growing up in NYC) have to do with the law or the Constitution anyway?  Nothing.

2 responses to “Hands off Sotomayor? Remember Estrada?

  1. Daniel Beck

    Bravo! Very well stated! How can anyone not see that this is about ideology and not about ability to be impartial.

  2. Pingback: Anyone Remember Miguel Estrada, The Wise Latino Man? « John Jacob H’s RKBA Commentary

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