Commentary Magazine


Contentions

Slow It Down?

Democrats have set a July 13 start date for the Sotomayor confirmation hearings and will, no doubt, insist on a vote by the full Senate before the lawmakers leave town in August. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday left the door open on a filibuster — citing the Demcorats’ own precedent and concerns that Democrats are trying to rush through the hearing without fully examining Sotomayor’s record. He explained:

Well, you know, the Democrats filibustered seven times a Hispanic American nominee named Miguel Estrada during the Bush administration. I think we ought to judge these nominees on their merits, not their ethnicity or gender. And with regard to Judge Sotomayor, I think the key is just to finish the job. For example, just a day or so ago, we discovered that there are 300 boxes of additional material that has just been discovered from her time working with the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund.

Three hundred boxes? It seems so. The Republicans have few tools at their disposal to stop a nomination. However, if it appears that the Democrats are trying to hide the ball on precisely the issue which gives conservatives the biggest concern — Sotomayor’s affinity for identity politics — they may feel empowered to at least slow down the train. After all, if Democrats think race preferences, bilingualism and multiculturalism are winning issues they shouldn’t fear a methodical exploration of Sotomayor’s views, right?



Join the discussion…

Are you a subscriber? Log in to comment »

Not a subscriber? Join the discussion today, subscribe to Commentary »





Welcome to Commentary Magazine.
We hope you enjoy your visit.
As a visitor to our site, you are allowed 8 free articles this month.
This is your first of 8 free articles.

If you are already a digital subscriber, log in here »

Print subscriber? For free access to the website and iPad, register here »

To subscribe, click here to see our subscription offers »

Please note this is an advertisement skip this ad
Clearly, you have a passion for ideas.
Subscribe today for unlimited digital access to the publication that shapes the minds of the people who shape our world.
Get for just
YOU HAVE READ OF 8 FREE ARTICLES THIS MONTH.
FOR JUST
YOU HAVE READ OF 8 FREE ARTICLES THIS MONTH.
FOR JUST
Welcome to Commentary Magazine.
We hope you enjoy your visit.
As a visitor, you are allowed 8 free articles.
This is your first article.
You have read of 8 free articles this month.
YOU HAVE READ 8 OF 8
FREE ARTICLES THIS MONTH.
for full access to
CommentaryMagazine.com
INCLUDES FULL ACCESS TO:
Digital subscriber?
Print subscriber? Get free access »
Call to subscribe: 1-800-829-6270
You can also subscribe
on your computer at
CommentaryMagazine.com.
LOG IN WITH YOUR
COMMENTARY MAGAZINE ID
Don't have a CommentaryMagazine.com log in?
CREATE A COMMENTARY
LOG IN ID
Enter you email address and password below. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address that you provide.