Friday, June 12, 2009

Rushing Sotomayor

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings are set to being July 13, leaving many Republican Senators upset. They charge that Democrat's are trying to rush the process, attempting to confirm the nominee fast so that any past discrepancies won't matter afterward.

But, as Rachel Maddow pointed out the other night, this time frame is on par for a nominee to be confirmed. As a matter of fact, Obama has said that he wanted Sotomayor confirmed by the summer recess on August 7 -- 73 days after he nominated her, which is roughly the average time frame for the current nine justices on the Court.

So why are Republicans having a hissy fit about this? Simple: they want more time to dig up her record, in hopes of finding something damaging about her past. Not that they haven't already called her a reverse racist enough. Somehow, that "game" hasn't played well with the American public: 48 percent of Americans have a favorable view of her.

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