AUL's Charmaine Yoest sole pro-lifer to testify at Sotomayor hearing

UPDATE, 5:18p: AUL's legal team has assembled a "Top 10 questions to ask Judge Sotomayor" and is giving us the opportunity to vote for the 1 we'd most like to see asked.
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Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee released its list of witnesses to testify at the confirmation hearings beginning Monday of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

charmaine 2.jpgI'm excited and proud that Americans United For Life's President Charmaine Yoest made the list of 14 for the minority party.

But I'm not excited she's the lone pro-lifer. Noted David Weigel of The Washington Independent, "The presence of only one pro-life activist on the list is striking." Indeed. It's as if Republicans can't read the polls, as if they have a (pro-)death wish.

Other witnesses on the Republican side: 3 will testify on the gun issue, 5 on affirmative action, 2 on constitutional law, 2 on presidential power (1 unknown: Peter Jeffries of P7 Enterprises).

And again, only 1 pro-lifer - on the issue of biggest concern to both sides re: Supreme Court nominees.


Comments:

Makes me wonder (duh) if the issue is being downplayed (double duh), esp. in light of the health care nationalization process.

Posted by: Collin Brendemuehl at July 10, 2009 5:08 PM


“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” Sonia Sotomayor

What is the deal?

Republicans and conservatives jumped on the 'racist' part of the SS quote (and rightly so) that a latina would reach a better conclusion but have ignored the 'sexist' part that a woman, by virtue of her chromosomes would render a better decision than a male.

What does ethnicity or gender have to do with rendering justice?

Wisdom is no respecter of gender, ethnicity, intelligence or nation of birht.

Wisdom does seem to gravitate toward the seasoned citizen over the youth.

If I or anyother 'conservative' said:

“I would hope that a wise Norwegian male with the richness of his experiences would more often than not reach

a better conclusion

than a latina woman who hasn’t lived that life.”

The shrieks that would erupt would make a woman with her 'teat caught in the wringer' sound like a cooing dove by comparison.

(This should send some of you scurrying to find out what a 'wringer' is. You will find it in the same category as 'clothes line' and 'clothes pin' and 'starched shirts'.

SS is unfit for any court, but the tennis court.

yor bro ken

Posted by: kbhvac at July 10, 2009 6:49 PM


But you know that if I could pick only one pro-lifer, it would be Charmaine.

Posted by: Jacqueline at July 10, 2009 10:35 PM


Ken,

How well I remember wringers. In the 1960's my great aunt would have nothing other than a wringer washer. I loved watching her on laundry day using her wringer washer and hanging the clothes up for her. I loved hanging clothes out to dry.
My cousin had one too and her pre-school daughter got her arms caught in it. Thankfully she suffered no serious effects.

I agree. If a white male said his life experience would make him a better judge than a Native American, African American, Hispanic, or a woman, the howls of outrage would be deafening.

Posted by: Mary at July 11, 2009 8:07 AM


Eh Ken you sexist, 6:49pm

How about a man with his penis caught in the wringer, mmmmmm?

Posted by: Mary at July 11, 2009 10:04 AM


Posted by: Mary at July 11, 2009 10:04 AM

Eh Ken you sexist, 6:49pm

How about a man with his penis caught in the wringer, mmmmmm?


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Mary,

Now you gone from opinionatin' to meddlin'.

There is that scene from 'Something About Mary' where Ben Stiller gets his pudendum stuck in his zipper. I have not actually seen the movie but just hearing the descripiton of the scene made me cringe. I almost howled like a ***** with his/her #### caught in the wringer.

I was merely pointing out that the sexism in SS's statement was as offensive as her racism. Something conservatives and republicans seem fearful of doing.

They have probably resorted to focus grouping words, phrases, concepts and determined this is a truth that is not profitable to utter.

Maybe Ann Coulter has the 'cajones' point out the dead rat in the middle of the floor.

yor bro ken

Posted by: kbhvac at July 11, 2009 5:16 PM


Ken,

I was just having fun with you.:) You know I am very fond of you. Something About Mary?!?

I really do remember the wringer washers though.
My aunt would spend the entire day doing laundry but no way would she ever give up her wringer!

Ann defintely has those!!

Posted by: Mary at July 11, 2009 5:35 PM


That was tough. I wanted to pick several questions but ended up voting for #7.


Posted by: Kristen at July 11, 2009 8:04 PM


Mary,

I know.

I love your perspective. I appreciate the way you communicate what you conclude to be true.

I do not know that I have ever disagreed with any thing you have written.

I have a friend, Bud. When someone gets to communicating hard truths that challenge him, he points out that that they have gone from 'preachin to meddlin'.

I was just trying to shoehorn Bud's colloquialism into our conversation. It really did'nt fit, but I forced it in for the humor's sake.

You go girl! Yout gots 'it'!

yor bro ken

Posted by: kbhvac at July 11, 2009 9:00 PM


Charmaine may be our only pro life representation however, she is always eloquent and effective.. we could not have better representation!

Posted by: angele at July 12, 2009 8:20 PM


I wish there were more on our side, too. But, at the same time, some of the attacks on other issues are more salient. It's not like she has the same judicial track record as David Hamilton, Obama's other judicial pick who hurt women for years by keeping the WRTK law from taking effect. Sotomayor is bad on abortion, for sure, but other issues have more of a smoking gun for questioning here, I think. Unfortunately, in the end, the pro-abortion Democrats who run the Senate will kick Sotomayor's nomination to the floor and confirm her there.

Posted by: Steven Ertelt at July 13, 2009 8:59 AM