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John McCain Shows True Colors

August 3, 2009

Yesterday John McCain was not sure how he would vote on Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.  Now we know, and it is not pretty.  I think this is more bitterness than substance on McCain’s part.  I also think this a dose of racism on his park due to his political situation in Arizona.

Arizona Sen. John McCain


said today he will vote against Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s pick to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

McCain’s no vote is interesting because he holds the view that “elections have consequences” meaning a president should get his nominee approved if qualified. 

McCain voted for Bill Clinton nominee Ruth Bader Ginsberg, for example.
McCain is also up for re-election next year, and not only does Arizona have a large Hispanic population, McCain also has a primary — against Chris Simcox, one of the founders of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, an anti-illegal immigrant activist group.

“There is no doubt that Judge Sotomayor has the professional background and qualifications that one hopes for in a Supreme Court nominee,” McCain said in a statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate. He added, “And obviously, Judge Sotomayor’s life story is inspiring and compelling.”

But, “an excellent resume and an inspiring life story are not enough to qualify one for a lifetime of service on the Supreme Court,” McCain said. He cited, as have other Republicans Miguel Estrada, a Hispanic who was nominated by President Bush for the DC Circuit Court but blocked by Democrats. He added that he does “not believe that she [Sotomayor] shares my belief in judicial restraint.” And: “Though she attempted to walk back from her long public record of judicial activism during her confirmation hearings, Judge Sotomayor cannot change her record.”

One Comment
  1. Ferrell Gummitt permalink
    August 3, 2009 11:28 PM

    McCain also voted against Sotomayor’s nomination to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in ’98.

    I’m glad McCain was clear that this is an issue of the Constitution, not of partisan politics. Too bad that liberals couldn’t give Alberto Gonzalez the same treatment.

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