The Sonia Sotomayor hearings got underway yesterday. While many believe she’s largely awaiting a rubber stamp from Congress, many are still taking a hard line on the judge, who’s publicly advocated for judicial activism in the past.
Sen. John Cornyn released a tough statement yesterday detailing the lingering questions he has for Sotomayor:
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.
Later, the remarks become more pointed:
[M]any more wonder whether you are the kind of judge who will uphold the written Constitution – or the kind of judge who will veer us even further off course -and towards new rights invented by judges rather than ratified by the people.
Yesterday, at her press conference, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said she had concerns about Sotomayor, as well:
“I’m looking to the hearings to clarify some of the questions I have,” Hutchison said. In particular, she raised concerns about whether Sotomayor believes Second Amendment gun rights apply to individuals.
Stay tuned, Texans. It may be a bumpy road to confirmation.