This story has been public for several days, but somehow it got by me until Michael Tomasky pointed it out —
Some years ago a New York City cop named Thomas Pappas was circulating racist literature from his home. The NYPD found out about it and fired him. The case worked its way up to the federal appeals court, which upheld the NYPD’s right to fire Pappas.
But guess who dissented? Yep. Judge Sotomayor held that the firing violated Pappas’ free speech rights.
Tomasky cited SCOTUSblog.
Tomasky also referred to Rush Limbaugh as “Fatface Oxy-boy.” Sounds like a winner.
â€œI canâ€™t help but notice that the sole reason So-So (my very appropriate name for Sonia Sotomayor) was chosen as Barack Obamaâ€™s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court is that she shares the life story of J-Lo, Jennifer Lopez.â€
J-Lo graduated summa cum laude from Princeton and then from Yale Law? Who knew? Seriously, I think the nickname “So-So” is kinda cute. I’d hate to think what nickname we’d have to give Shlussel, however. I don’t think it would be G-rated. Perhaps it would be better not to go there.
There are several reports today that conservatives are demanding a Senate filibuster of the Sotomayor nomination. One of these is Mark Levin, a radio talk-show host who once said that a filibuster against a judicial nomination was unconstitutional. Of course, in that case the nominee was Sam Alito.
The leader of the “get tough” movement is Manuel Miranda, and if that name sounds familiar, Greg Sargent explains why.
There’s a decent editorial in the Washington Post today about how absurd the Right’s arguments against Sotomayor actually are. Sotomayor’s resume is remarkably similar to that of Sam Alito — Princeton, Yale Law, years on the bench, etc. But weirdly, some on the Right are calling Sotomayor “the Left’s Harriet Miers.” About the only things Miers and Sotomayor have in common is that they’re both women with law degrees.