Iowa SCOTUS Reax

So what are Iowa politicos saying about President Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States?

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Mike Kiernan. He likes her:

“Today President Obama delivered on his promise with the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor. Sotomayor’s stirring life story and outstanding career – at nearly every level of our judicial system – makes her qualified to serve as America’s next Supreme Court Justice. Throughout her career on the bench, she has been lauded as a fearless jurist, with an independent mind and a deep commitment to the rule of law and our constitution.”

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron. He likes her, not:

“President Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor is another victory for the radical judicial activism movement. Judge Sotomayor will put her liberal policy preferences above neutral application of the law. This nomination is a setback for defenders of the Constitution and a victory for liberal special interest groups.”

But please, judge, don’t take it personally. Rep. King just doesn’t like the Supreme Court, period:

“Supreme Court decisions have effectively amended our Constitution regularly and with impunity for decades. Nearly all of the social conflict in this country stems from the Court’s extra-constitutional interference with the voice of the people. The very last people in America who should be amending the Constitution are the Supreme Court justices. The Supreme Court is charged with interpreting the Constitution, but instead its recent activism has amended it.”

Yes, of course. If only the courts had left all our nice, traditional walls and barriers and divisions in place, everything would be swell and conflict-free. Interesting read on American history.

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a  Democrat. He likes her:

Judge Sotomayor has proved herself as an excellent jurist. She believes in the rule of law, and she has the background and experience to understand how the law affects ordinary people, business, and government. She is a woman and Hispanic with a diversity of life experience that will contribute much to the Court.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, a Judiciary Committee member. He likes the process:

“The Judiciary Committee should take time to ensure that the nominee will be true to the Constitution and apply the law, not personal politics, feelings or preferences. We need to ask tough questions to learn how this individual views the role of a Supreme Court justice. The last 25 years of Senate review of nominees has been entirely different than the first 200 years, and today the Senate can’t just be a rubber stamp for President Obama’s nominees.”

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. He likes her, and ordinary Americans:

“Judge Sotomayor is extremely qualified. She has the intellect and experiences necessary to serve on our nation’s highest Court. In addition to her nearly 17 years on the federal bench – having been appointed by both Presidents Bush and Clinton – she has unique life experiences that I believe are critical to ensure that the Court truly embodies the diversity of our country and understands how the law impacts ordinary Americans.”


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