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Thursday, June 11, 2009

151 - Everything But The Kitchen Sink: The Right Goes All Out To Smear And Destroy Obama's Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor

Today, the focus is on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

You just won't believe the onslaught of disinformation and outright lies coming from the right.

But actually, that is just what you'd expect, isn't it?

Here you'll find all the ammo you'll need to shoot down their propaganda.

Cold, hard facts will demonstrate:

--Judge Sotomayor's "wise Latina woman with rich experience" comment was made in the context of judging discrimination cases, and is similar to comments by right-wing Justices Alito and Thomas

--Judge Sotomayor's court rulings, including the Ricci case, are mainstream in the areas of race, business and crime, as even the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times admit

--her Supreme Court reversal rate is consistent with other judges

--her "appeals courts make policy" statement is something first year law school students learn, since appeals courts set precedents that other courts must follow concerning the interpretation and application of statutes

--President Obama's statement about "empathy" being an important characteristic for a Supreme Court judge is exactly what the first President Bush and several Republican Senators have said, and

--groups Judge Sotomayor has associated with, such as La Raza and Latino Justice, are mainstream, not radical.

Check out the podcast for all the supporting evidence.

(PS: Right-wingers, if you want to write in to me, fine, but at least do me the courtesy of listening to the podcast first. Please don't respond just on the basis of the brief preview above. Thanks!!)

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