AUGUST 06, 2009
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Senate’s vote to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court:
“Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation to the Supreme Court is a pyrrhic victory for President Obama. The president’s nomination of Judge Sotomayor has helped erode his popular support. Obamas nominee proved an unpopular choice among the American people, including Hispanics, given her race-conscious and activist judicial philosophy. Even Judge Sotomayor was forced to disavow Obama’s lawless ’empathy’ standard in her quest for a seat on the High Court.
“Republicans may finally understand that conservatives expect them to oppose activist judges who don’t respect the U.S. Constitution. And Democrats are surely hoping President Obama does not have any more Supreme Court nominations – especially any which would upset the Court’s current ideological make-up. All in all, this confirmation fight is a ‘job well done’ by the conservative voters and activists who made their voices heard.