Via Adam Serwer at the American Prospect, we learn that Mark Krikorian’s organization has jumped on the “Terror Baby” bandwagon – with a “laughably debunkable” report.
“Justice Sotomayor’s opinion in the case, Mohawk Industries v. Carpenter, No. 08-678, marked the first use of the term “undocumented immigrant,” according to a legal database. The term “illegal immigrant” has appeared in a dozen decisions.” Judge Sotomayor’s simple use of the term “undocumented” is sure to drive the anti-immigrant and anti-immigration crowd to distraction, so stay tuned for that.
After signing the Civil Rights Act in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson reportedly said Democrats were “signing away the South for 50 years.” The Republican Party can only hope that the 31 Republican senators who voted against making federal judge Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court justice, did not “vote away” Hispanics for a comparable political epoch, hindering its chance of winning a national election any time soon.
At a “vote watch” party held by Latino activists at a hotel bar a few blocks from the Capitol, news of the final Senate tally clinching Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation to the Supreme Court set off whoops and cheers, followed by sustained chants of “Sí, se puede! Sí, se puede!” and “Sonia! Sonia!”
Hispanics are more than 15 percent of the population, but they have less than four percent of the lawyers, and only three percent of the judges.
Thursday, Sonia Sotomayor took the nation’s Latinos across a new threshold.
Sotomayor was finally confirmed today, which not only makes this a proud day for the Latino community, but a historic day for all Americans.
Unfortunately, what should have been a proud moment of bipartisanship was tarnished by the divisive votes of so many Republican senators who opposed Sotomayor.
President Barack Obama sought to avoid an all-out partisan cultural war over his first Supreme Court choice, selecting a pragmatic, former New York prosecutor and veteran judge over other more liberal candidates.
He largely succeeded. Having secured the recommendation of the influential Senate Judiciary Committee, Sonia Sotomayor now is all but certain to become the first Latina justice on the high court.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor cruised through her confirmation hearings without a scratch.
Too bad we can’t say the same about the seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee who tried to dent her credibility and wound up demolishing their own.
Colbert may have tickled our funny bones last night, but Rachel Maddow set the record straight– watch it. Huffington post blogger Nicholas Graham reports in ‘Maddow Demolishes Buchanan’s Surreal Facts About America’s Racial Past (VIDEO):’ “While Maddow said it would not be fair to re-litigate issues without the guest with whom they were discussed, and that it’s “not cool” to talk about guests after their segment is over, she did feel the need to correct several things Buchanan stated as fact that simply were not true. ”
Leo: “He referred to Buchanan, who has been appearing on MSNBC all week claiming Sotomayor has “a lifelong resolve to discriminate against white males,” as a reverse civil rights leader, and showed a clip of him saying, “White men were 100% of the people who wrote the Constitution, 100% of the people who signed the Declaration of Independence, 100% of the people who died at Gettysburg and Vicksburg.” This, of course, prompted Colbert to say, “YEAH, where were the black guys during the Civil War? Come on, I’m not saying they all should have volunteered, just three fifths of them.” “