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Mitch, Mitch, Mitch...

While the GOP rails against the SPEED !?! with which the Sotomayor nomination is being proposed, relative to the Roberts nomination by 43, this is taking an eternity.

Makes you wonder which will happen first - this guy gets booted, or McBear up and moves in protest.

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Top Republican rips Democrats for Sotomayor 'rush'

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans accused Democrats Wednesday of moving too hastily on Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination, warning that the decision could imperil her confirmation as they pressed the judge for more documents from her past.

The top Senate Republican blasted Democrats' decision to schedule mid-July hearings for Sotomayor's confirmation, while another senior GOP senator floated the possibility of a filibuster by angry Republicans against President Barack Obama's first high court nominee.

"They want the shortest timeline in recent memory for someone with the longest judicial record in recent memory," said Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the minority leader. "This violates basic standards of fairness and it prevents senators from carrying out one of their most solemn duties."

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said many Republicans may end up voting against Sotomayor because they feel they haven't had time to learn enough about her. Others, he said, might decide to protest what they see as unfair treatment with stalling tactics in the Judiciary Committee or on the Senate floor to block her from being confirmed.

"I don't think anybody wants to filibuster Judge Sotomayor - I certainly don't want to - but sometimes the only way you can make sure things are fair ... is to invoke some of the rules," Hatch said.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the Judiciary Committee chairman, announced Tuesday that hearings would open July 13. That's 48 days after President Barack Obama named Sotomayor for the high court.

It took at least a week more than that to begin hearings on each of the last three justices to be confirmed, but almost two weeks less for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was confirmed in 1993.

Ginsburg had been a federal appeals court judge for 13 years when she was nominated; Sotomayor has been on the federal bench for almost 17 years.

McConnell did not say what the GOP is prepared to do, if anything, to try slow the timetable. But several other Republicans warned that Democrats were inviting problems for Sotomayor's nomination by insisting on a fast process.

Leahy said he was just trying to ensure that Sotomayor's confirmation timetable tracks with the one for Chief Justice John Roberts, who got a vote 72 days after former President George W. Bush nominated him in 2005.

Democrats want to complete the process for Sotomayor by the time the Senate breaks for a monthlong vacation on August 7. That would be 73 days after Obama nominated her. Republicans point instead to the 92 days it took to get a confirmation vote on Justice Samuel Alito.

Democrats are also using Sotomayor's nomination to stoke and expand their political base. The Democratic National Committee launched a feature on its Web site called "Sign Judge Sotomayor's Virtual Cast," where supporters can leave a note for the judge, who broke her ankle in an airport stumble Monday.

Meanwhile, Judiciary Republicans called on Sotomayor to cough up more documents they say she left out of her response to a detailed questionnaire on her background, writings and rulings.

The seven senators wrote to Sotomayor Wednesday asking her to supply a long list of additions "as soon as possible," according to a copy of the letter.

"Judge Sotomayor has omitted and failed to include key information that provided incomplete and sometimes contradictory responses to the questionnaire. The responses are not satisfactory," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Judiciary Republican.

Among the items they requested are articles Sotomayor edited while a student at Yale Law School and internal documents from organizations she was involved with, including the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, a legal advocacy group for Hispanics.

The letter also questions Sotomayor's membership in the Belizean Grove, an elite private club comprised of high-powered women that's the female answer to the secretive, 130-year-old Bohemian Grove.

In her original response to the questionnaire, Sotomayor noted that the group discriminates on the basis of gender, but wrote that, "I do not consider the Belizean Grove to invidiously discriminate on the basis of sex in violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct."

The White House acknowledged that the questionnaire responses were not complete. Robert Gibbs, the spokesman, called that "fairly usual" for Supreme Court nominees, and said Sotomayor would provide whatever was lacking as soon as the information was available.
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Mitch is just driving everyone nuts. He and the other Kentucky Senator won't even show up in the same room together they are so pissed off at each other. Mitch is actually backing a relative newcomer to run against a seasoned senior [albeit retarded] US Senator of his own party who, while affable is, to the rest of us useless.

Mitch just won, so we have to put up with his shit for a while longer unless my annoying attempt to get recall legislation introduced into the Kentucky Legislature is successful [doubtful as it as it might have to also address STATE legislators].

Repeated requests for him to STFU apparently go on deft ears, mainly because he is never here.

I saw some very nice farm land in East Tennessee earlier today but then I saw some of the other residents. I think I will stay put.


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I'm more than a little sickened by all the politicizing that revolves around this process. The circus that comprised the Roberts hearings (and that looks to be shaping up for Sotomayor) is shameful.
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I agree. The game rules changed back in Reagan era when there was a perception that he appointed based on his philosophy more deliberately than previous Presidents had [on some very charged issues].

I think that is where the political fighting started hard. Each "side" at that point started looking at each appointment as an extension of THEIR political agenda.

I don't recall that even being addressed prior to 1980 era politics.

It most likely doesn't help that there have only been two appointments [Ginsburg, Breyer] by Democrats since Johnson last appointed Marshall in 1967.


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