Republicans are angered beyond belief, friends, because they only have five weeks to read over all of Sotomayor’s opinions.
Several Republicans said they were upset with Leahy for scheduling the hearing without much GOP input and indicated they may use delay tactics in committee and on the floor to give themselves more time.
“I’m not sure we’ll be ready,” said Coburn, who sits on the Judiciary Committee. “If I’m ready to attend, I will attend. If I’m not, I won’t.”
Republicans argue that they would need to read 76 cases a day to get prepared for the hearings.
“She has 10 times as many decisions as Roberts did,” said Kyl, who is also on the Judiciary Committee.” “It takes a long time to go through that material. We’ll simply have to wait and see how that review goes. I’ve checked, and it’s not going really fast. It’s hard to do.”
As a law student, I realize that I am ill-prepared to weigh in on the proper way to pore over a Supreme Court nominee’s record, but I do have one thought…maybe you could, you know, get more people? I’m sure there are several dozen conservative lawyers and law professors who’d be happy to make a convincing case that Sonia Sotomayor opened every hearing with a ceremonial eating of babies.
Our democracy is served by an adversarial system with two or more strong advocates for clear, defined positions. The Democratic Party barely qualifies as one, and the GOP is somewhere between the Ayn Rand School for Tots and the parts of Pardon the Interruption where both of the hosts shout gibberish over each other.