Stop Whining About Sotomayor

Senate Republicans are turning everybody off with all their whining about the timetable for Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings.

No sooner had Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) set July 13 as the date for her first hearing than Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) started sobbing about needing more time. “We’d have to read 76 cases a day to review her entire judicial record by that date,” they complained.

Oh, grow up! Here are the facts:

July 13 will be 48 days from when she was nominated. Right in line with the average 51 days for the last nine justices.

Sotomayor submitted her questionnaire to the Senate only nine days after her nomination. It took John Roberts 13 days; Samuel Alito, 30 days.

She’s already been confirmed by the Senate twice, so she’s no stranger.

Just who are they kidding? There’s no way senators are going to read all those cases, anyway. That’s what they have huge Senate staffs for.

Isn’t it obvious? All Republicans are trying to do is drag this process out as long as possible, so opponents can continue to level their personal attacks against her.

If they don’t like Sonia Sotomayor, Republican senators are free to vote against her. But the way some of them are treating her now is despicable.


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