Thursday, July 16, 2009

Testimony Avoids Advocating

In the cat-and-mouse dance that is the kabuki of Supreme Court nomination hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor is the latest principal to toe around answering questions directly.

Now that Judge Sonia Sotomayor has completed the bulk of her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, partisans on both sides agree on one thing: The nominee has stayed away from forcefully advocating liberal positions.

Advocating anything is dangerous, an invitation to the antagonists of the nominating president and the nominee to slam the president's policies and politics, to blur and distort the answers of the nominee in order to promote the questioning Senator's agenda and politics, and, thus, makes the process a sham.

What they make of that, of course, is different. Some left-leaning scholars wish she had offered more justification for liberal interpretations of the law, while conservatives think she's being less than honest about her true beliefs.

Depends how you look at things.

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