Don't ramrod this confirmation

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The media have almost warned senators not to oppose Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. To do so would be racist, they seem to suggest. Her confirmation is a foregone conclusion, we're supposed to believe.

Why? Especially when she's made an openly racist comment -- and her vote to discriminate against white firefighters in a case out of New Haven, Conn., may be overturned just before her confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill?

In milquetoast fashion, Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., has said he wants an "apology" from Sotomayor for once saying she "would hope" Latinas make better decisions than white males because of their rich life experiences. An apology? That would make it OK?

With all due respect to our friend Sen. Graham, his frayed feelings aren't the issue. Ms. Sotomayor's thought processes are.

More troubling still is the fact that her decision in the New Haven case could be overturned just as she's applying for a job on the Supreme Court. That would necessarily call into question the soundness of her judgment.

The questions that will linger until Sotomayor's confirmation hearings before the Senate are:

- Do racist views matter?

- Does judgment matter?

If the answer to either of those questions is "yes," then Sotomayor had better hold off sending out invitations to her swearing in.

In the New Haven case, 19 white firefighters -- and, notably, one Hispanic firefighter -- sued the city after they were denied promotions. The city denied them promotions and threw out the promotion test because no black firefighters scored well enough to advance.

The effect of the ruling was that the white and Hispanic firefighters were penalized for their race.

Sotomayor was one of two judges on a three-judge federal appeals court panel to side with the city in denying the white and Hispanic firefighters promotions.

"The high court this month is expected to overrule" Sotomayor, writes the Los Angeles Times .

It's interesting, too, that the conventional wisdom in the media is that Sotomayor's ideology can't be an issue. But when he was a senator, Barack Obama by his own admission voted against Supreme Court justices based on ideology alone.

We're not saying Sotomayor's nomination shouldn't succeed. But neither should it be a fait accompli .

Her views on race, her ideology and her judgment are all fair game -- and in question.

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GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 06/05/09 - 04:33 am
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Nobody comments that her

Nobody comments that her statement is also sexist. It's time to end affirmative action. Give teh opportunities to the most qualified. Race and gender should not be a consideration.

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55 F-100 06/05/09 - 04:44 am
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Sotomayor should not be

Sotomayor should not be confirmed. The ruling on the New Haven case is ridiculous, and to have ruled as she did illustrates that she is willing and determined to champion her racist views whenever and wherever she can.

justus4
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justus4 06/05/09 - 05:38 am
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"...openly racist comments"
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"...openly racist comments" We are sick of this ignorance! White people have a history of violence against particular groups, including murders, crimes not solved, public lynchings, Jim Crow, etc, (all historical EVIDENCE) which a reasonably person could conclude, they have hated and taken steps to CARRY OUT that hatred through violence. Other groups don't have the burden of killing and terrorizing specific groups over hundreds of years. White people have that burden because of their HISTORY. In other words, look at the evidence; NOT at the WORDS! Racism is rampant in this country, but U won't find whites openly stating their hatred, but U will find deed after deed of racist behavior, which must be present to equal racism. There must be a deed or act. Find that deed or act on Sotomayor's resume and then U got something, otherwise, get ready because she WILL be confirmed...another victory for diversity.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 06/05/09 - 05:59 am
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No, justus, we only find the

No, justus, we only find the minorities being openly racist and sexist. The only way to move forward is to look forward. No one deserves anything. No race deserves any special treatment.The act is a racist judge determining that a reasonable test of knowledge is invalid because a group of individuals felt that they shouldn't have to have their abilities measured in order to get promotions. It's no different than social promotion in school. I am glad I'm not being protected by the firemen that got sympathy promotions. Affirmative action only benefits the ignorant and lazy. Why can't you look to positive examples of your race? WHy do you scream about the past, and make excuses for those who refuse to better themselves legitimately? You only prove what the "racsists" say to be true. Diversity is only another name for reverse discrimination. You, obviously will never be of the character of Condoleza Rice or Colin Powell, or any other responsible person.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 06/05/09 - 06:02 am
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The confirmation process of

The confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is NOT being "ramrodded" by the media or by anybody else. Ms. Sotomayor is NOT a racist. Her comments are not racist. Judge Sotomayor's judicial record when taken in toto speaks for itself. But if the GOP insists on an internecine knife fight, then have at it guys. A political party that takes its cues from Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, and The Augusta Chronicle editorial staff (ACES) doesn't have a clue and is bound for political irrelevance.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 06/05/09 - 06:05 am
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Hey justus, black people ALSO

Hey justus, black people ALSO have a history of violence against a particular group....themselves. Your race sold each other into slavery. You kill each other daily. You sell crack to each other. Look at the police reports. What race commits the most crimes, and the most crimes against members of it's own race? Clean up your own back yard, we've been working on ours......

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/05/09 - 06:07 am
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diversity = racism. Sotomayor

diversity = racism. Sotomayor is no worse than Suter. Both have far left ideologies and both are well versed in the constitution. Sotomayor's record of not getting along with colleagues indicates she will have no more influence than Suter ever did. She's the square peg to fill the square hole left by Suter's resignation. The double standard for comments allowed by lefties is the norm and not worth mentioning.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 06/05/09 - 06:10 am
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CAin, you're saying that a

CAin, you're saying that a statement that a Latino woman is better than a white man is not racist or sexist? You sir, are a bigger fool than I ever thought you were. If any white person were to say that you would definitely call it racist. A supreme Court judge should NEVER be confirmed with opinions like hers, nor should one be confirmed that has any set agenda.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 06/05/09 - 06:11 am
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PT, are you agreeing with me?

PT, are you agreeing with me?

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 06/05/09 - 06:22 am
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By the way, If anyone wants

By the way, If anyone wants to call me racist, look back at the rabid debates I had during the election. I supported Obama, not for his race, but for some of his policies. I have plenty of friends of many races. A person should be ONLY judged for his actions, not his race. Who of any race wants his job, his degree, or anything else GIVEN to him based on pity. Who wants it known, that they aren't qualified for the job, but they got it anyway, because society felt sorry for them. Affirmative action is only a statement and concession that minorities aren't as good as whites. It's a false statement, but one that blacks and Latinos and women are willing to allow. Howcome we don't hear Asians or Indians whine about discrimination?

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TechLover 06/05/09 - 06:23 am
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Gacopp: Judging by these

Gacopp: Judging by these posts, I don't see many non-minorities being shy about expressing racist views. justus and cain: I know this editorial was about race but every freakin' thing doesn't have to be. This country has a pretty crappy record when it comes to race but thankfully most are beyond it. There will always be a minority of people, regardless of race, who despise those that are different than them. Thank God those numbers seem to be declining.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/05/09 - 06:30 am
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Hen yeah, Copperhead, I agree

Hen yeah, Copperhead, I agree with you every time you're right.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/05/09 - 06:33 am
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I don't think the numbers are

I don't think the numbers are declining TechLover, I think the racist minority is finally getting the attention they deserve...almost none. Without the promotion of the press, this mindless attitude isn't exactly self sustaining.

TechLover
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TechLover 06/05/09 - 06:47 am
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PT: I disagree (not that

PT: I disagree (not that that's unusual). There are plenty of racist out there. Just look on the internet or check out the SPLC. These yahoos need more attention than they're getting now so they can be exposed. Just because for the most part things are better doesn't mean it's all sunshine, lollypops, and rainbows (dam, ow I've got that song stuck in my head).

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 06/05/09 - 06:58 am
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Techlover, I disagree. Giving

Techlover, I disagree. Giving attention to the idiot racists out there, black, white or green, is EXACTLY what they want. They are not interested in their race, they are narcissists that only want the spotlight on them selves. I was always taught to ignore them, and they would quit the behavior, because it wasn't getting them what they wanted.

TechLover
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TechLover 06/05/09 - 07:07 am
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Gacopp: Like cockroaches

Gacopp: Like cockroaches scatter when you turn on the light, we need to shine the light on these nuts.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/05/09 - 07:16 am
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TechLover, if the coverage

TechLover, if the coverage were equally "shined", the the cockroach effect would be relevant, but since lefties can be openly racist and only those on the right get the negative press, the situation continues. This technique only promotes racism, which seems to be the primary job of the MSM. There will always be extremists in any society, but without the press pushing the subject, they'll remain fringe extremists.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 06/05/09 - 07:23 am
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Pt, I believe that racism

Pt, I believe that racism isn't about being left or right, it's about being racist. There a racists of every political persuasion. I do agree though that being racist and sexist against white men is politically correct.

TechLover
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TechLover 06/05/09 - 07:30 am
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PT: Don't worry, Boortz comes

PT: Don't worry, Boortz comes on in 1 1/2 hours and Rush in 4 1/2 so you can get your right wing propaganda fix. Since most of the extremists in this country are right wing, I see why you like to keep your associations out of the light.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/05/09 - 07:30 am
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More people are Killed by

More people are Killed by gang violence than Black and White separatist why doesn't SPLC go after these Gangs members? They hate anyone that is not in their gang. That includes all white, black, latino, and oriental gangs.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/05/09 - 07:33 am
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What about the drug cartels

What about the drug cartels in Mexico, that kill and kidnap people on our nations borders?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/05/09 - 07:49 am
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TechLover, you make my point

TechLover, you make my point for me. The MSM says only those on the right are racists and the easily tricked believe it. Without this promotion technique, the attitude would fall. Why it's so important to parrot the false information is beyond me, but it sure is effective with you lefties. Ya'll sure can chant in "almost perfect unison".

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 06/05/09 - 07:52 am
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Another product of the

Another product of the affirmitive action process.

bdittle
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bdittle 06/05/09 - 08:08 am
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Didn't you get the memo from

Didn't you get the memo from Rush and Gingrich? We are no longer playing the racist card.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/05/09 - 08:14 am
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Didn't you get the memo from

Didn't you get the memo from CNN and NPR, the racist card is always trump.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 06/05/09 - 08:20 am
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She was an appeals judge. She

She was an appeals judge. She upheld the position of the City of New Haven. She did not vote on whether she thought their policy was right or wrong, but whether they acted in accordance with the laws they already had on their books. What part of that don't you numbskulls understand? Oh, and Alito made substantially the same sort of remark about the effect his personal history has on his legal judgment, and he was confirmed. It is only honest to admit that your personal history has an effect on your perspective! Right now, the white male perspective is represented 70-30. Oooooo, scary, boys! What next...?

HotFoot
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HotFoot 06/05/09 - 08:22 am
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PT, you don't listen to NPR.

PT, you don't listen to NPR. Can't you admit the truth? You don't know what you're talking about.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/05/09 - 08:25 am
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If you are white and liberal

If you are white and liberal you are not a racist, if you are white and conservative you are a racist. If you are a minority and conservative you are a traitor to your race and the liberal cause. Its the great propaganda of our liberal leaders and liberal media against those with conservative views. It is in the PC handbook, it is proper to blame all conservatives for anything and everything, I wonder which group will be next?

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smec29 06/05/09 - 08:26 am
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It's funny this in on here

It's funny this in on here today, as stated previously by others why does affirmitive action only work for one race? Logging on today I got an ad for Blackcareers.com......How offended black people would be if they logged onto the internet with a big ol ad for Whitecareers.com, this among the many other hypocritical "associations". As far as Sotomayor for a judge? Please... might as well appoint someone as blind as Jessie Jackson.

bdittle
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bdittle 06/05/09 - 08:44 am
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smec, the truth is that it

smec, the truth is that it goes back to slavery and reservations. I am not saying that whites should go around with guilt, but you have to honestly and openly look at US history and there is no denying that minorities have historically not had a level playing field. The deck has been stacked in the white man's favor for decades upon decades. I do believe that affirmative action is working and will soon be irrelevant, but we are not there yet.

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