Rove: Right Will Oppose Sotomayor Because She’s Liberal
Karl Rove rails against the possible nominaiton of Judge Sonia Sotomayor because “her opinions…have been very liberal.” But when Sandra Day O’Connor retired, Rove said the opposition has a responsiblity to approve judges who are qualified, even if they disagree with their views.
Karl Rove, President Bush’s chief political architect, said precedents from the most recent Supreme Court vacancies suggest that opposition-party senators have a responsibility to back a president’s choice if they believe a nominee is qualified, even if they disagree with the person’s views. He also maintained that a strongly held ideological stance would not amount to “extraordinary circumstances” justifying a Democratic filibuster under a recent bipartisan Senate deal.
Now, the man who participated in the selecton of Harriet Meirs is claiming Obama probably hasn’t prepared enough to be ready to make an appointment; and, suddenly, ideology seems to matter.
h/t Think Progress
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