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Day one wrap-up: What they’re saying

July 14, 2009

I will give my full take on Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing when it all concludes later this week.   I will also continue to have live coverage on the blog today when the hearing reconvenes at 9:30 am.  For now, here’s a sample of what folks are saying after day one.

Hat tip to Courtside Blog:

“I would trust that all members of this committee here today will reject the efforts of partisans and outside pressure groups that sought to create a caricature of Judge Sotomayor while belittling her record and achievements, her intelligence. … Let no one demean this extraordinary woman.” — Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., committee chairman.

“I will not vote for — no senator should vote for — an individual nominated by any president who believes it is acceptable for a judge to allow their own personal background, gender, prejudices or sympathies to sway their decision in favor of, or against, parties before the court.” — Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., ranking member on the committee.

“One attack that I find particularly shocking is the suggestion that she will be biased against some litigants because of her racial and ethnic heritage.” — Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis.

“The Supreme Court is meant to be a legal institution, not a political one.” — Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

“I do not believe that Supreme Court justices are merely umpires calling balls and strikes. Rather, I believe that they make the decisions of individuals who bring to the court their own experiences and philosophies.” — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

“Judge Sotomayor: some of your opinions suggest that you would limit some of our basic constitutional rights — and some of your public statements suggest that you would invent rights that do not exist in our written Constitution.” — Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

What some newspapers are saying:

The Washington Post examines Senator Lindsay Graham’s honesty and candor.

Plenty of praise, plenty of skepticism says the Wall Street Journal.

Senators get tough with the nominee, says The Washington Times.

88375856WM043_CONFIRMATION_The sleeping Sotomayor nephews , as reported by The Houston

Chronicle.

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