Obama Says Political Games Are at Play, With Some Painting Distorted Picture of Sotomayor

From Sunlen Miller:

In his weekly address, President Obama calls on Congress to “avoid political posturing” and to move with speed to put his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, on the high court without delay.

“I hope the confirmation process will begin without delay,” Obama says in his address, “No nominee should be seated without rigorous evaluation and hearing; I expect nothing less. But what I hope is that we can avoid the political posturing and ideological brinksmanship that has bogged down this process, and Congress, in the past. Judge Sotomayor ought to be on the bench when the Supreme Court decides what cases to hear this year and I’m calling on Democrats and Republicans to be thorough, and timely in dealing with this nomination.”

Amid criticisms already mounting from the right over his choice, the President addressed those critics, and specifically their picking over of some comments made by Sotomayor in the past .

“There are, of course, some in Washington who are attempting to draw old battle lines and playing the usual political games, pulling a few comments out of context to paint a distorted picture of Judge Sotomayor’s record," Obama said. "But I am confident that these efforts will fail.”

The president said Sotomayor’s judicial decisions over her 17-year record on the bench speak “far louder than any attack.”

“As a fellow judge on her court, appointed by Ronald Reagan, said recently, ‘I don’t think I’d go as far as to classify her in one camp or another. I think she just deserves the classification of outstanding judge,’” Obama said, referring to comments made by Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Roger Miner.

-Sunlen Miller

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