Media Reactions to Charmaine’s Interviews on Sotomayor

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On the CBS News Political HotSheet, Sotomayor Nomination Renews Roe V. Wade Debate, Posted by Declan McCullagh,

Americans United for Life said she would “impose her personal policy and beliefs onto others from the bench,” and pointed to a YouTube video saying that courts of appeal are where “policy is made.”



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FrontPage Magazine, By John Perazzo reports, Sonia Sotomayor - Obama’s New Activist Judge,

A number of notable conservatives, meanwhile, have taken a different view of the nomination. For instance, Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, called Sotomayor “an avowed judicial activist” who “believes the role of the Court is to set policy,” and who will likely “impose her personal policy and beliefs onto others from the bench.”

Dahlia Lithwick at Slate writes Republicans won’t beat Sonia Sotomayor,

The case against Sotomayor—to the extent it’s being made, is that her life is such a tumultuous blend of personal hardship and deep feeling that she cannot separate the law from her own agenda. In short, she feels too much….[Goodness!] Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, rushed to describe her as “a radical pick” who “believes the role of the court is to set policy which is exactly the philosophy that led to the Supreme Court turning into the National Abortion Control Board.”

Our liberal friends at Media Matters write, Media uncritically repeat claim that New Haven firefighters case shows Sotomayor is an activist.

The UK Guardian has Sotomayor: closet moderate

Pro Ecclesia does not quite understand the separation of powers and the work and role of the Court, Sotomayor Blurs Lines in Abortion War [UPDATED],

“She is a radical pick that divides America,” [ED.: Really? She seems like a fairly safe and conventional (albeit clearly liberal) pick to my “untrained” eyes.] Americans United for Life said this morning. “She believes the role of the court is to set policy, which is exactly the philosophy that led to the Supreme Court turning into the ‘National Abortion Control Board.’” [ED.: NEWS FLASH!!! The Supreme Court, like it or not, DOES set policy. They have ever since a little case back in the early 1800s called Marbury v. Madison.]

The anti-science women who run Choice Matters, not only don’t know when life begins—also do not know that Americans United for Life believes that the Sotomayor nomination divides America.

RaceWire claims to be color blind.  Or maybe just blind, She rests her case.

Michael Sean Winters at America writes Sonia Sotomayor: A Different Pro-Life Angle

It took just about an hour for Americans United for Life, a pro-life lobbying outfit, to denounce the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. “Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy undermines common ground,” the group said in a press release. “She is a radical pick that divides America.”

The Plum LineGreg Sargent’s blog writes, Steele: I Really Don’t Know Whether Sotomayor Is An “Activist” Judge,

Steele’s fellow Republicans and conservatives, however, say those Sotomayor comments prove she is an activist judge. Senator Orrin Hatch told MSNBC yesterday that Sotomayor’s 2005 claim “means you’re going to get an activist justice on the Supreme Court.” Americans United for Life  denounced her as an “avowed judicial activist.”

Steele doesn’t agree. Yet.

David Brody, CBN News White House Correspondent, reports at CBN News, Conservatives Down on ‘Policy Maker’ Sotomayor

“This is a judge who has gone on the record in defense of the idea of judicial activism so it’s pretty certain that she’s going to approach the bench with an intention of imposing her own personal political preferences into the process,” said Charmaine Yoest with Americans United for Life.

Campus Progress has talking points…that are actually quite good.  Maybe not what the liberal Obama-lamas intended, Meet Judge Sotomayor.

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