Why the Kagan hearings will be a charade ~ Jonah Goldberg
Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 7:36:58 AM by Oldeconomybuyer
I have no desire to rehearse all the ways in which Bork was mistreated by Ted Kennedy and the usual liberal interest groups. Bork was the last Supreme Court nominee to give serious answers to serious questions.
Consider Monday’s thunderclap from the judicial Mt. Olympus: The 2nd Amendment right to own a gun extends to state and local government.
The newsworthy opinion came from rookie Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She concurred with Justice Stephen G. Breyer’s dissent, which held that there is no fundamental right to bear arms in the U.S. Constitution.
But when Sotomayor was before the Senate Judiciary Committee one year ago for her own confirmation hearings, she gave a very different impression of how she saw the issue. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy asked her, “Is it safe to say that you accept the Supreme Court’s decision as establishing that the 2nd Amendment right is an individual right? Is that correct?”
“Yes, sir,” she replied.
In fairness to everyone concerned, nobody is shocked to discover that Sotomayor is in fact precisely the dyed-in-the-wool liberal justice everyone expected her to be. But the fact that everyone is in on the lie is just further evidence of the sham Supreme Court hearings have become.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com …