Sotomayor Not In Fact A “bush Nominee”

May 27th, 2009 at 7:45 pm | 12 Comments |

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As it turns out, decease Sonia Sotomayor was not in fact a “Bush nominee.”  In an editorial published in the May 21st edition of the Herald Community Newspapers of Long Island, sale former New York Senator Alfonse D’Amato explained how he and former Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan collaborated to nominate Sonia Sotomayor for a seat on the federal bench.

During my days in the Senate, the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and I coordinated efforts to select federal district court judges. Typically, the members of the party that controls the White House suggest all candidates for federal judgeships to the president. However, my partnership with Moynihan was such that we made these decisions together and never excluded the other. For example, when the Democrats controlled the White House, Moynihan would allow me to recommend one of four judges and he would take on the remaining three, and vice versa. This was a very unusual arrangement started that allowed for a bipartisan approach to selecting candidates. It is a shame it isn’t used more today… The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, a federal district court judge whom Moynihan and I jointly recommended to the first President Bush in 1992, is just one example of our bipartisan agreement. Sotomayor is also being floated as a possible replacement for Souter. Moynihan would be proud.

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  • Egli Ha

    You are so right! Sonia Sotomayor is not a Bush-nominee.Similarly, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer are not Clinton-justices. Orrin Hatch collaborated on their nomination. There is in fact only ONE truly Dem-nominated justice on the Supreme Court and he’s 87 years old! And SIX truly GOP-nominated ones. Waaaaaaah, not enough for the GOP.Why is it that when Republicans don’t get what they want, domestic terror always seems to follow? Clinton wins and we get McVeigh. The Court upholds Roe/Wade and gyns get arsoned and murdered to the point where special Federal protection becomes necessary.

  • cporet

    What am I missing here? So Pat and Al collaborated on picking her as the one that would be recommended to the President. Isn’t that the normal course. I mean someone has to recommend the nominee. Isn’t usually that person’s Senator? And aren’t we getting into semantics here. Pat and Al didn’t nominate her. They recommended her to the President who then nominated her.

  • sinz54

    I don’t really care if Sotomayor was a Bush 41 nominee. The philosophy of the nominee can be quite different from the philosophy of the nominator.Sandra Day O’Connor was definitely more liberal than Reagan, who chose her for the Court. That Reagan chose her did NOT elevate her in my eyes.

  • sinz54

    Egli Ha: I’m going to ask the moderator to delete your post. Posts that incite violence don’t belong here.

  • ktward

    sinz54: God knows Egli Ha is often overly melodramatic, and his bizarre premises here (Clinton wins, hence McVeigh??) are, well, bizarre. But I don’t believe he’s trying to incite violence. He’s just recollecting history as he [myopically] sees it.

  • ModerateGal

    Well, humorously enough, I called this article inane, and my post was deleted. And the Egli Ha one remains. Go figure.

  • ktward

    Moderate gal: I’ve been deleted on rare occasion by an author when s/he simply doesn’t appreciate my comment- Linnane is notorious for this. There is indeed a subjective element.

  • Egli Ha

    Sinz54, you are a moron. The point of my post was, the idea of pro-choice terror is obviously absurd, a joke. But when RTLs write similar things, it’s not a joke, as several doctors could testify if they hadn’t been murdered.The point is, RTLs terrorize and PCers don’t. Why? Because RTLism is inhererntly violent.

  • InTheMiddle12

    “The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, a federal district court judge whom Moynihan and I jointly recommended to the first President Bush in 1992, is just one example of our bipartisan agreement.”Newsflash. The Senators forwarded the name (normal process folks) and President Bush put forward the nomination. I think you better change the thread name, it’s a lie.

  • ktward

    InTheMiddle12:I basically made your point, but apparently Jeb didn’t care for mine and deleted it.The ‘moderation’ here has become anything but moderate.

  • ModerateGal

    InTheMiddle12 and ktward, I had made the same point (in the same post where I called the article inane), and it was deleted. Let me try again, and let’s see how this works.To explain the process to Jeb as well as explain why his assertion is wrong:DAmato and Moynihan RECOMMENDED Sotomayor to President Bush. President Bush then NOMINATED her.It’s not that difficult to understand.And my question is: Who moderates the posting of articles? Does just any ridiculous item get to go up, or does Mr. Frum or someone else actually approve them? Because this one shouldn’t have passed the smell test.

  • ktward

    Egli Ha sez: “Sinz54, you are a moron …”THIS doesn’t get deleted by Jeb/the moderators, but others of us merely pointing out the glaring flaws in the columnist’s premise do.Jeb et al: would you care to explain? Really. I’d like an explanation.