I suspect that Senator Lindsey Graham wouldn’t have a problem with the following anonymous comments about a male Supreme Court nominee and he certainly wouldn’t read them on national TV. In fact, he would probably congratulate him on his reputation for toughness.
After listening to the anonymous comments read aloud by Graham (who only mentions that lawyers had lots of good things to say about her as a judge, choosing not to read any of those), I couldn’t help but think that most of them sounded like the complaints of sore losers:
“She’s temperamental, excitable, she seems angry.”
“She’s overly aggressive, not very judicial.”
“She does not have a very good temperament.”
“She abuses lawyers.”
“She really lacks judicial temperament.”
“She behaves in an out of control manner.”
“She makes inappropriate outbursts.”
“She’s nasty to lawyers.”
“She will attack lawyers for making an argument she does not like.”
“She can be a bit of a bully.”
When the nominee is Sonia Sotomayor, the results are somehow different. Being a tough judge who challenges lawyers with tough questions becomes a “temperament problem.”
Not according to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg:
“Yes, the notion that Sonia is an aggressive questioner — what else is new? Has anybody watched Scalia or Breyer up on the bench?”
In other words, get over it. Challenging lawyers is a judges right and responsibility. If she were Scalia or Breyer, her toughness wouldn’t be a temperament problem.
Graham was so determined to convince us that Sotomayor has a “temperament problem” that he was willing to dive into the trash heap and read anonymous statements on national TV to further smeared the reputation of a clearly respected judge. And if that wasn’t enough, Graham suggested that Sotomayor take some time for self-reflection on the issue.
I think it’s time for Graham and his colleagues to take some time for self-reflection because they can’t seem to stop acting like children and they’re doing it on our dime.
Today Sotomayor had to sit through Senator Sessions (denied a federal judgeship because of “disgraceful” behavior and statements) suggest that it would be better if all Puerto Rican judges ruled the same way, Senator Kyl becoming so carried away with his own rant that he forgot to ask her a question, and Senator Graham suggested that she, SHE has a temperament problem!
Are you serious?
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