Mario Diaz

Hard as it may be, we should always refuse the temptation to get cynical about politics. No matter how many times we have failed, we should always expect and demand honesty, justice and fairness from our leaders. In that spirit, the American people must insist that Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) stop his groundless, senseless crusade to rush through President Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

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It seems clear now that the Democratic leadership want to do with the nomination of Judge Sotomayor the same thing they did with the infamous bailout bill. The bill was thousands of pages long yet they demanded Senators vote on it, even without having a chance to read it. Yes, that is the same bill that contained those million dollar bonuses for AIG employees, as we discovered later on.

It worked then, so why not “bail out” Sotomayor?

Last week, Sen. Leahy announced on the Senate floor that the hearings on Judge Sotomayor would start on July 13th. Reasonable requests to hold the hearings after the August recess or at least the end of July were thrown back in the face of Republican Senators. We later found out that Sen. Leahy did not even have the decency to tell Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary committee, beforehand. Sen. Sessions was attending a military funeral at Arlington National Cemetery and apparently, Sen. Leahy could not wait until Sessions got back before he made his grand announcement.

But we heard this before when the cries of “the bailout must be signed now. It is urgent. We are loosing jobs. ” Yes, we continue to loose jobs after the bailout but don’t be cynical.

Sen. Leahy apologized to Sen. Sessions: “I apologize in not being more diligent in trying to reach you,” he said at the committee’s weekly markup. Does that mean Sen. Leahy will show some understanding and grant more time so those concerned can have the time needed to review Judge Sotomayor’s record? Come on now, what did I say about cynicism? But you are right, the answer is no. And if you are thinking the apology does not really amount to much, well you are right, but you keep focusing on the wrong thing. It is urgent!


Mario Diaz

Mario Diaz is the Policy Director for Legal Issues at Concerned Women for America.

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