Andy McCarthy also remarks on the Democrats’ new-found reticence to explore a Supreme Court nominee’s extracurricular activities. He observes that Democrats have elicited her testimony about her work for PRLDEF, but haven’t come forward with the documents evidencing her work there. He writes:
Democrats shouldn’t be allowed to have it both ways. If the PRLDEF is relevant enough for Democrats to elicit testimony about, then it’s relevant enough for Republicans to press hard to get the pertinent documents and time to review them. In a legal trial — which is far less important than vetting a nominee for a lifetime appointment on the nation’s highest court — a judge in such a situation would routinely order the disclosure of the relevant documents and grant an adjournment so they could be reviewed; otherwise, disclosure is not meaningful or consistent with due process. Why should less than that be acceptable here?
Moreover, it wasn’t Sotomayor’s detractors who made her nomination all about her biography. The president did, touting her story and making “empathy” a key consideration. No detail — not even her Nancy Drew reading material — was too obscure. But then it turns out she has a load of wacky stuff in her biography — speeches that ascribe “inherent physiological differences” to different ethnic groups and denigrate impartiality, not to mention work for a left-wing advocacy group that insists women are “enslaved” unless taxpayers fund abortions. So now, Democrats tell us, biography is irrelevant. All they want to talk about are major league baseball and her judicial decisions.
But that doesn’t seem right. Let’s be honest here: in a day and a half of hearings she has not said one insightful or original thing about the law. She was not chosen for her legal brilliance. She was chosen for her biography and for being a “safe” liberal vote. So let’s talk about both and review her twelve year affiliation with PRLDEF. Both her biography and her legal philosophy would no doubt be elucidated by a thorough review of her work there. And that, of course, is why her supporters would rather skip the whole thing and forget about those 300 boxes of documents.