Jeffrey Rosen of the New Republic Says: “Oceania Has Always Been at War with Eurasia!”

Jeffrey Rosen, May 26, 2009:>The Sotomayor Nomination: Conservatives are already citing my initial piece on Sotomayor as a basis for opposing her. This willfully misreads both my piece and the follow-up response. My concern was that she might not make the most effective liberal voice on the Court–not that she didn’t have the potential to be a fine justice. Questions of temperament are often overlooked, but history suggests that they are the most relevant in predicting judicial success…Jeffrey Rosen, May 4, 2009:>The Case Against Sotomayor: [T]here are also many reservations about Sotomayor…. They expressed questions about her temperament…. The most consistent concern was that Sotomayor… was “not that smart and kind of a bully on the bench.”… Second Circuit judge Jose Cabranes, who would later become her colleague, put this point more charitably in a 1995 interview with The New York Times: “She is not intimidated or overwhelmed by the eminence or power or prestige of any party, or indeed of the media.”… Her opinions… are… not especially clean or tight… sometimes miss the forest for the trees… concerns about her command of technical legal details…Why oh why can’t we have a better press corps?


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