Dear Senator McConnell,
I recently wrote to you urging you, for a variety of substantial reasons, to oppose the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. In a letter of July 15, 2009 you responded to me. You said, in part:
When the U.S. Senate evaluated Judge Sotomayor’s nomination in 1998 [to the U.S. Court of appeals for the Second Circuit] I had concerns about whether she would apply the law even-handedly, despite her own feelings or personal or political preferences, and whether she would strictly interpret the U.S. Constitution instead of legislating from the bench. My concerns were serious enough that I voted against her confirmation at the time . . .
You then conclude:
Despite my concerns at her confirmation in 1998, I intend not to prejudge her current nomination. Instead, I will review her record to assess whether her statements and actions reflect an nominee who will interpret the law, and not write it.
Now I read that:
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the GOP would not attempt to block or filibuster a vote on her nomination. "I look forward to you getting that vote before we recess in August," he told Sotomayor during her fourth appearance before the committee.
Senator McConnell, what do think has changed in this nominee’s views since 1998? Do you think our current radical leftist President nominated Sotomayor because she is a judicial conservative? A simple perusal of her many public comments reveals that many of the answers she gave at the recent hearings were lies which were obvious attempts to cover her pervious statements. Even a poor hick like me can see that.
So then, does Senator Jeff Sessions really speak for the GOP? Is this the kind of weak-kneed (lack of) leadership we can now expect when we vote for Republicans? For many years now I have voted for you and many other Republicans, in part simply to oppose the many destructive schemes of Democrats. Where is that opposition in this very important instance?
Conservatism can never make political headway as long as you and your colleagues insist on ‘playing nice’ with the other side. Robert Bork, for example, was ‘Borked’ by Democrats, and as a result is NOT on the high court. Republicans treat a horrible candidate like Sotomayor with kid gloves, and we are to be stuck with her for life.
I must conclude that the GOP is not so ‘grand’ these days. It appears that those of us who would like to advance the ordered liberty of conservatism may need to look elsewhere. With Republicans like many of those now serving in the United States Senate, who needs Democrats?
If you and your colleagues are not going to fight the various forms of political garbage being foist upon us by leftists, why, exactly, should we bother to support you in the future? (I sincerely invite an honest answer to this question by you or any other Republican leader.)