Why So Subtle, Jeff Sessions?
What a difference a chairman makes. When he ran the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Arlen Specter (then-R-, now-D-Pa.) dealt in a genteel manner with hot-button issues. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is firing the culture war cannon as fast as he can load it. America’s “traditional system” is under threat. The Court has relied on “foreign laws, world opinion and a United Nations resolution.” The wrong justice would usher in a “brave new world where words have no meaning.”
Sessions’ game plan was fairly well teased out by months of coverage: he attacked Sotomayor on her jokey statement that the circuit courts were “where policy is made,” on her “wise Latina” speech, and on the Ricci case. On her legal philosophy: “Call it empathy, call it prejudice, or call it sympathy, whatever it is, it is not the law.” And after he was done, his staff passed out copies of five incidences of Sotomayor referring to “wise Latinas.”