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Brownback reacts to Justice Stevens’ retirement

April 9, 2010

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— 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.

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Pilgrim2 4 years ago

9070811 (anonymous) says…

A lot of Constitution needs to be updated and amended anyways.


The amendment process is ready and waiting. Knock yourself out.

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9070811 4 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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Cait McKnelly 4 years ago

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

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Pilgrim2 4 years ago

porch_person (anonymous) replies…

It is racist to treat someone differently because of their race.


Which is exactly what she endorsed with her "wise Latina" comment.

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gccs14r 4 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.

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Pilgrim2 4 years ago

feeble (anonymous) says…

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?


The context is in making decisions based upon the law, and in the law, yes, all levels of poverty are equal.

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paulette2 4 years ago

Brownback - widely known for his great legal mind, right?

well - he did graduate KU Law - but after that? a legal scholar?

hardly.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 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.

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beatrice 4 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.

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feeble 4 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?

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jafs 4 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.

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feeble 4 years ago

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

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a_flock_of_jayhawks 4 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!

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Liberty275 4 years ago

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

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Defender 4 years ago

“to nominate a replacement who will be faithful to the United States Constitution, and not a political ideology.”

Yeah, right Sam. How damned stupid do you think we are? What a complete and utter idiot. This piece of crap should have no place in any government. Sam, go kiss off, period.

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Mike Ford 4 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.

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cowboy 4 years ago

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

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porch_person 4 years ago

gccs14r has a point.

Newell_Post, be cool. Don't piss Satan off with comments like that.

It's disrespectful.

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gccs14r 4 years ago

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

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Newell_Post 4 years ago

Brownback is the antichrist.

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beobachter 4 years ago

No matter what you think, Obama is smart enough to not nominate someone as ignorant and as rightwing a nutcase as Brownback. Granted Brownback can count on ignorant Kansas voters to back him, but no one else in USA or for that matter anywhere else in world would think he had brains enough for this position.

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50YearResident 4 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.

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Pilgrim2 4 years ago

grammaddy (anonymous) says…

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


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

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Pilgrim2 4 years ago

ksjayhawk74 (anonymous) says…

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


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

There. Fixed that for ya'.

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Pilgrim2 4 years ago

edjayhawk (anonymous) says…

Gore was cheated and so was Kerry with voter fraud in Ohio.


Oh jeez. Gather 'round, boys and girls. It's fairy tale time again.

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Cait McKnelly 4 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.

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edjayhawk 4 years ago

Gore was cheated and so was Kerry with voter fraud in Ohio.

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beobachter 4 years ago

It's a given. Brownback will vote no. Doesn't matter who nominee is. Brownback is running for governor and knows this will appeal to the ignorant voters in Kansas,

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TopekaBlade 4 years ago

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

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kujayhawk7476 4 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.

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gccs14r 4 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.

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ksjayhawk74 4 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.

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beatrice 4 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.

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commuter 4 years ago

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

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overthemoon 4 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.

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tomatogrower 4 years ago

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

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Bob_Keeshan 4 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.

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boltzmann 4 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?

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ksjayhawk74 4 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.

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happy_go_lucky 4 years ago

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

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lawrenceguy40 4 years ago

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.

A sad day for America.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 years ago

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

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edjayhawk 4 years ago

Who cares what Brownbut thinks. He's not my Senator.

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grammaddy 4 years ago

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

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ksjayhawk74 4 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?

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