Marvin K. Mooney will you please go now?

Norm Coleman had a story written about him.

And he refuses to get the hint.

But how pathetic is this?

When debating judges, I was firm that I would use the same standard to evaluate judges under a Democrat President as I would a Republican President. Are they intellectually competent, do they have a record of integrity, and most importantly, are they committed to following the Constitution rather than creating new law and policy. When I am re-elected, I intend to review Judge Sotomayor’s record using this process. Certainly, the nomination of a Hispanic woman to the nation’s highest court is something all American’s should applaud.

Norm, how about a nice cup of STFU!


It’s Sotomayor

Apparently Obama got the memo, my favorite, Sonia Sotomayor, will be nominated for the Supreme Court this morning.  This bio from the NYTimes has been cited so much it’s amost trite by now, but it bears repeating.

Her potential appeal to President Obama as a nominee to the Supreme Court also derives in part from her personal story, a version of the up-from-modest-circumstances tales that have long been used to build political support. Judge Sotomayor, 54, grew up in a Bronx housing project, a child of Puerto Rican parents. She would be the court’s first Hispanic justice.

Her father died when she was 9, leaving her mother to raise her and a brother. In speeches to Latino groups over the years, Judge Sotomayor has recalled how her mother worked six days a week as a nurse to send her and her brother to Catholic school, purchased the only set of encyclopedias in the neighborhood and kept a warm pot of rice and beans on the stove every day for their friends.

She loved Nancy Drew mysteries, she once said, and yearned to be a police detective. But a doctor who diagnosed her childhood diabetes suggested that would be difficult. She traded her adoration of Nancy for an allegiance to Perry — she became a fan of Perry Mason on television, she said, and decided to become a lawyer.

She went to Princeton, which she has described as a life-changing experience. When she arrived on campus from the Bronx, she said it was like “a visitor landing in an alien country.” She never raised her hand in her first year there. “I was too embarrassed and too intimidated to ask questions,” Judge Sotomayor said.

In one speech, she sounded some themes similar to Mr. Obama’s description of his social uncertainties as a biracial youth in a largely white society.

“I have spent my years since Princeton, while at law school and in my various professional jobs, not feeling completely a part of the worlds I inhabit,” she said, adding that that despite her accomplishments, “I am always looking over my shoulder wondering if I measure up.”

After graduating summa cum laude from Princeton, she went to Yale Law School, worked for Robert M. Morgenthau in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and spent time in private practice before being named to the bench.

She will be a worthy addition, and thank heavens they didn’t listen to the idiocy coming from TNR on her record and abilities.


The wingnuts are going to piss and moan about a clip where she speaks of the appeals court making policy.

All good and fine, but that’s not what she actually said.  Listen  to the whole thing.

She’s talking about the difference between appeals court, where you are looking at precedent and district court which deals with facts of the individual case.  It makes perfect sense and is completely accurate when you look at the whole thing.  Doesn’t mean the wingnuts won’t trumpet soundbites that mislead and lie.

More time in the wilderness

I’ve heard the assorted wingnut speak longingly about this type of thing, but to actually propose it in Congress?

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, a Republican candidate for governor of Georgia, has proposed changing the long-standing federal policy that automatically grants citizenship to any baby born on U.S. soil, a move opposed by immigrant rights advocates.

Supporters of Deal’s proposal say “birthright citizenship” encourages illegal immigration and makes enforcement of immigration laws more difficult. Opponents say the proposed law wouldn’t solve the illegal immigration problem and goes against this country’s traditions of welcoming immigrants.

Automatic citizenship is enshrined in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which says: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”

The Reagan Recession, 2008 style

Interesting review of the natural consequences of policies attractive to Reagan Democrats.

The reality is that the Reagan Democrats revolted against the very system that had protected and fostered them, and in two directions. The metro map here shows one direction: the raw slagging of unemployment in the Upper Mid-West, Coastal areas, and the Atlantic Coast south is clear. The other direction is seen, ironically, in a long belt of low unemployment that runs along the Great Plains. How is low unemployment a problem? In itself, it is not. However, these are areas where it is virtually impossible to be unemployed; and so rather than stay and remain unemployed (there being no government programs to keep them there) young people pour out of these empty stretches, which include parts of the North-East such as rural Maine. This youth drain is a deep political and social issue in these areas.

Keeping on the heat

Gibbs gets yet another question on the Obama administrations lack of attention to civil rights issues:

Good on Cox.  I’m reminded of the story of FDR who counselled advocates that it’s good they agreed with him, but the responsibility was theirs to make him follow through.  Obama has made many committments toward gay civil rights, restoring rule of law in Washington, etc.  The administration’s feet needs to be held to the fire to make things turn into reality.