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Kansans mixed on Obama’s Supreme Court nomination

May 26, 2009


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Reaction from Kansas was mixed Tuesday after President Barack Obama nominated a New York federal appellate judge, Sonia Sotomayor, to replace retiring Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Responses ranged from praise on her legal experience and the chance to become the first Hispanic justice to concerns about some of her judicial philosophy.

“While I celebrate Sonia Sotomayor’s life story, I am troubled by some of her statements,” U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., said.

Both Brownback and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., voted against elevating Sotomayor to the appellate court in 1998, but she won Senate confirmation anyway.

On one hot-button issue in Kansas — abortion — national legal analysts said Tuesday that Sotomayor does not appear to have a long paper trail on the issue, and it could make the confirmation process easier for her.

However, she did receive support from one major pro-abortion-rights group.

“What our nation needs from our Supreme Court justices is a deep understanding of the law, an appreciation of the impact of the court’s decisions on everyday Americans and a commitment to the protection of our individual liberties,” said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

“Judge Sotomayor will bring this dedication and commitment with her to the bench.”

Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life, said she did not have enough information about Sotomayor’s record to comment.

Several Republican senators, including Roberts, pledged to go over her record more thoroughly in coming weeks.

Most of the concern from conservatives on Tuesday centered on a 2005 Sotomayor statement at Duke University: “All of the legal defense funds out there, they are looking for people with court of appeals experience because the court of appeals is where policy is made.”

Brownback, who is against abortion, did not mention the issue in his statement.

“I do have serious questions about her record and her judicial philosophy regarding how she views the role of the court. In my view, the role of a justice is as an umpire, not a policymaker,” Brownback said.


Chris Golledge 9 years ago

" major pro-abortion group."

Hmm, no biased reporting here.

No one is pro-abortion; there are many who are pro-choice or pro-life, but no one thinks there should be more abortions.

notajayhawk 9 years ago

"Kansans mixed on Obama’s Supreme Court nomination"

And this is news?

Kansans, or the residents of pretty much any other state, would be "mixed" on the president's choice of what to have for breakfast tomorrow. (Even the story about his choice for 'first dog' drew over 30 comments.)

beatrice 9 years ago

Brownback is pandering to the single-issue anti-abortion voters out there. Pathetic.

roger_o_thornhill 9 years ago

Kansans mixed, huh? Party lines? Go figure.

Tom McCune 9 years ago

On the pro-choice / pro-life point, I would note she is a Roman Catholic. There are already 5 Roman Catholics on the court (Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito). This appointment would make 6. I don't think that mix bodes well for the pro-choice movement.

bearded_gnome 9 years ago

the lead up to this made it clear that no whites, few males, would be considered.

besides being hispanic and female, is she also dyslexic, disabled, a lesbian? I mean, did all the other checkboxes line up too?

she is blatantly racist to say that the experience of a latina is "richer" and would make for a better judge than the experience of a white male.

the reverse would draw the long knives, and rightly so, but the far left is hypocritically accepting this blatant racism.

and, Beo, citing Rush Limbaugh doesn't help your case at all, makes you look like a real idiot, the real idiot you are.

Evan Ridenour 9 years ago

The majority of the law IS judge made law. I don't know why all of these ignorant politicians keep whining about it. The founding fathers specifically adapted the English style of law (common law) with some modifications of course... This is how the system works. Of course a judge would say that, the judge is a LAWYER, and LAWYERS understand the law, unlike IGNORANT politicians.

igby 9 years ago's the lard they put in the re-fried beans!


Mixolydian 9 years ago

"beatrice (Anonymous) says…

Brownback is pandering to the single-issue anti-abortion voters out there. Pathetic."

I know! Did you notice how he did that too...without even mentioning the topic at all.

He topped his subterfuge off by echoing what Obama looks for in a justice as well.

What a clever clever boy he is.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 years ago

Newt Gingrich said she is a racist and ought to withdraw. Where does this blatant stupidity come from? The Republican Party is essentially dead since McCain and Moose Lady were rejected by the American Voters.

Republican Senator Oren Hatch said that Obama is the President and his selection deserves consideration and respect. But other Republicans view it as their duty to oppose anything the elected president does. Where does this come from? Well, maybe, the true leader of the party, Rush Limbaugh????? It seems to me that a lot of Republicans, Mr Gingrich included have adopted the slash and burn tactics of thie assinine, bilious slob who claims "2 milion listeners" Yeah, two million listeners, many of which listen to be guided and directed, but many who are just wanting to hear what outrageous, stupid, crap this fat jerk will come up with next. I know I do. Just when you think he has reached new low, he fools you with his ability to destroy, dinigrate, and blaspheme anyone who dares to oppose or disagree with him. And his "followers" have adopted this tactic,observe the former Republican Speaker of the House who has lowered himself into the pit of garbage and horse dung populated by Limbaugh's supporters.

It is fortunate that many intelligent persons have finally arrived at the truth about this self- appointed "truth -detector" and hopefully his ratings will crash in much the same fashion as those of the Republican Party who have allowed this disgusting hero to destroy their movement.

Paul R Getto 9 years ago

Everyone take some deep breaths. Sadly, recent nominations to the courts have brought out the long knives and the mouth-breathers on both sides of the policital spectrum. We'll get through this and she'll be a fine judge if confirmed. Anal Cyst (AKA Rush L.) IS getting interesting, though. I hope he is taking his heart medications; he's gonna need them.

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