Archive for Friday, April 9, 2010

Brownback reacts to Justice Stevens’ retirement

April 9, 2010


— U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who will likely vote on whoever President Obama nominates to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, offered some advice Friday.

In a statement, Brownback thanked Stevens for his service on the court, and urged Obama “to nominate a replacement who will be faithful to the United States Constitution, and not a political ideology.”

He said he hoped Obama would consult with senators from both political parties before selecting a nominee.

Last year, both Brownback and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., voted against the nomination of Obama’s selection of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. She was confirmed on a 68-31 vote with nine Republicans joining a unanimous Democratic caucus.


ksjayhawk74 7 years ago

The Senator from the party of "NO" wants Obama to get Republican input and not base his decision on political ideology...

What was his problem with Sonia Sotomayor again?

Maddy Griffin 7 years ago

She was a "Wise Latina". Racism--Alive and well in a "post-racial" America.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years ago

edjayhawk said it for me, who the hell thinks brownbutt has anything on his mind but NONONONONONONONONONONONON!!!!!!!!!!!!

happy_go_lucky 7 years ago

He could be the leader of this state, God forbid.

ksjayhawk74 7 years ago

Sotomayor is very, very qualified for the position. Just because she said she's a "Wise Latina" did not make her a racist.

If you want to talk about unqualified Supreme Court Justice nominees, let's talk about GWB's selection of Harriet Miers, who had never been a judge.

Brian Laird 7 years ago

lawrenceguy40 (anonymous) says… "barry o has demonstrated that he respects the US Constitution in the same way he respects his Northern Quilted. Don't expect anything other than political ideology from him."

And specifically what constitutional provisions has he violated?

Bob_Keeshan 7 years ago

You wonder what 2010 Sen. Brownback would have said about Justice Stevens when he was nominated by President Ford all those years ago.

Back then, legal competence was valued more than legal prejudice. Sen. Brownback isn't looking for the former, he is solely interested in the latter.

It is a shame the party of Gerald Ford has succumbed to those like Sam Brownback.

tomatogrower 7 years ago

Brownback will vote against any nominee. It won't matter who is chosen.

overthemoon 7 years ago

Yeah Sam. Just like Roberts and Scalia were such 'ideology free' appointments. Funny how 'activist' judges are always on the 'other side'. When they support your ideology, they are true interpreters of the constitution. For a justice to be a proud member of a cultural heritage and aware of the nuances different cultures, genders and background bring to the reading of the law is a good thing. If Brownback and Roberts had their way, the first criteria for judges would be pinkish white skin. Second requirement would be must be a straight male. Third would be conservative to the point of limiting the rights of anyone who is not white or male. These days, with 'elitism' so out of favor, perhaps we ought to add that any judge must be a graduate of a lower 25% law school. Would hate to actually have intelligent, well spoken, well educated adults in charge.

jonas_opines 7 years ago

"Funny how 'activist' judges are always on the 'other side'. When they support your ideology, they are true interpreters of the constitution."

Dingding. We gots a winner.

Stephen Roberts 7 years ago

But didn't Obama say he wanted bi-partisianship. Does that mean just stand in line and follow Obama blindly??

beatrice 7 years ago

If the Republicans wanted a say on who should be selected for the Supreme Court they should have done a better job during the previous administration so they could have had a chance to hold onto the White House. They lost, and to the victors go the spoils. It is Obama's right to get as liberal a judge as he thinks can be confirmed, just as Bush pushed through the most conservative judges he could find. Obama owes it to those who voted him into office, just as Bush did.

Or is Beigeback trying to say that Republicans actually sought Democrats' imput on judges during Bush's reign, and now Dems should do the same?

Didn't think so.

ksjayhawk74 7 years ago

This is the Supreme Court that recently voted to allow Corporations to have the same rights as people, thanks to the Conservatives. So that's not really upholding the Constitution.

I have every confidence Obama will select someone who is actually more concerned with human people.

gccs14r 7 years ago

It's too bad Gore was cheated in 2000. We could have been well on our way to having a Republic of the People again.

kujayhawk7476 7 years ago

Al Gore (Count Tax-You-Alot) would have been a terrible choice.

Although I am a moderate republican, at best, I loathe right-wing-wackos like Sam Brownback, Tod Tiahart, etc. I hope Obama nominates someone who will help the court maintain Roe v Wade. It is not the U S Senate's job to legislate morality and make decisions for women.

TopekaBlade 7 years ago

Comments like that from Senator Brownback just go to show he missed his true calling--stand-up comedian . . .

Cait McKnelly 7 years ago

It's funny how, when GWB was in office and Congress was solidly Republican, "bipartisanship" meant squat. Now that the shoe is on the other foot it's amazing how Brownback wants to sling that word around.

jbaranski55 7 years ago

Pilgrim2 - Sam Brownback has issue with the "Wise Latina" comment but has no problem with Clarence Thomas putting pubes in people’s soda :) hypocrite!

jonas_opines 7 years ago

"The Senator from the party of Know..."

"The "wise Latina" comment from Sotomayor, repeated several times, btw, was about as racist as it gets."

Bwahahahaha. Yeah, right. Keep telling yourself that.

Liberty275 7 years ago

Didn't you get the memo? Caucasians and The Japanese are racists. Everyone else is "proud". Please use the correct terminology.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

50YearResident 7 years ago

Maybe Sen. Brownback wants to be nominated for the job himself. Just in case the Govenor deal falls out. He fits right in with Pres Obamba's views of things.

gccs14r 7 years ago

Brownback isn't intelligent or charismatic enough to be the antichrist.

cowboy 7 years ago

Hey Sam , who was paying your rent while in Washington on C street

Mike Ford 7 years ago

Ignore Brillocreemback at any cost. Having perfect hair may allow you to sing in a nutjob men's chorus with other D.C. nutjobs in Fahrenhiet 9/11, but it doesn't make one a good judge of surpeme court justices. Maybe they should start a PAC to pay for that pimpin' C Street joint where they work in secret to promote fascist religions to take over the world with.

Cait McKnelly 7 years ago

Pilgrim2 is either Tom Shewmon or Marion Hill's sock puppet. The icon gives it away. Nobody's head is going to explode when Beigeback wins the governorship. This is, after all, the state that tried to cram Creationism down the throats of school children. Electing a theocrat is not beyond the stupidity of the majority of this state. The first time I moved to Portland, OR it took me months to stop feeling like I had just come from the provinces. Little wonder why.

Liberty275 7 years ago

Just filibuster regardless of the nominee. NO is the word. Use it.

Liberty275 7 years ago

You indeed got it. Give yourself a pretty gold star.

a_flock_of_jayhawks 7 years ago

Pilgrim2 (anonymous) says…

"The Senator from the party of Know..."

The Senator from the party of "hell no you can't!"

There. Fixed that for ya. Everything they say they "know" turns out to be lies.

Hell no you can't? Hell yes we will. Watch us!

beatrice 7 years ago

P2, feel free to try to switch the Party of No to the Dems. It won't work. The Republicans have already worn the mantle with pride, and I see it above with comments of filibustering no matter who it is. John McCain recently claimed he would not cooperate with the majority party for the rest of the year (like he did so much cooperating in the first part of the year). Those have "No" written all over them.

The Republicans have earned the label of being the Party of No. Nothing you can do but watch with disappointment come NO-vember. People will remember who the obstructionists are.

By the way, I am glad I make you sick.

feeble 7 years ago

Clearly, Brownback felt Harriet Miers was a well-qualified SCOTUS nomination.

jafs 7 years ago

I'm not generally conservative, but the Sotomayor comment that offended folks was not that she was a wise Latina.

It was that a wise Latina would probably make better decisions than a white male.

Seems a bit racist to me.

If we're interested in the best judges, we'd want wise ones, regardless of their race/gender/etc.

feeble 7 years ago

It was that a wise Latina would probably make better decisions than a white male.

Seems a bit racist to me

The context was in making decisions that affect those who live in poverty. Are you going to claim there are equal levels of poverty between all races in this country?

beatrice 7 years ago

Sotomayor's quote is this: "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."

First off, feeble is correct. She was talking in the context of those who live in poverty. Secondly, note that she not say that a wise Latina woman may reach a better conclusion that a "wise" white male. I would hope a "wise" Latina would more often than not reach a better conclusion than an average white male, just as I would assume a "wise" white male would reach a better conclusion than an average Latina.

The word is "wise." Who doesn't think a wise person would more often than not reach better conclusions than someone who isn't wise?

Much ado.

I hope Obama picks a wise judge, and I don't care about their gender or their race or their ethnicity.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

"It was that a wise Latina would probably make better decisions than a white male.

Seems a bit racist to me."

It depends on which white males you are talking about. If the white male is George Bush (I or II), who was largely insulated from the real world as it exists for 90% of the human race, (except for the relatively staged and sanitized "real world experiences" that were designed almost exclusively to create some phony street cred,) then someone like Sotomayor most certainly will make better decisions if the criteria are how they affect average people (ie, those who actually do real work for a living.)

And her decisions will almost certainly be better than those of Clarence Thomas, who sold out long ago in the interest of his own personal advancement.

gccs14r 7 years ago

Let us not forget that Stevens is a Republican, appointed to the bench by Gerald Ford. At the time, he was part of the conservative block. He's still a conservative, but the nutters who have hijacked the Republican party claim he's a liberal. Obama will probably name a guy just like Stevens to the bench and the nutters will fly into a purple rage, claiming that Obama is trying to pack the bench with liberals.

Cait McKnelly 7 years ago

SOOOOO, LJWorld, we now have threaded comments. When are we going to get filters?

9070811 7 years ago

"...United States Constitution, and not a political ideology."

Brownbutt needs to shut up. A lot of Constitution needs to be updated and amended anyways. A lot has changed. At least Obama's ideology want's to help people.

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