Based solely upon two reasons. 1) Barack Obama opposed both
Roberts and Alito solely upon their judicial philosophy being more conservative than he preferred. 2) Judge Sotomayor was (until a couple of days ago) a member of a group that discriminated against men.
Use President Obama’s own standard against him. You should not need a better reason than that. Ok, I’ll accept that you believe that Sotomayor might not be the worst possible nominee, and if successfully opposed, he might nominate somebody worse. But even that is a puny reason, because they have the votes even if all Republicans oppose her. So oppose her! What have you got to lose.
And being a member of a group that discriminates on the basis of sex is prohibited by the Judicial Code of Conduct: “A judge should not hold membership in any organization that practices invidious discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, or national origin.” This is not just some minor deal. How would you like to be a man whose case was being heard by a woman who was a member of a group that discriminated against men? [No snarky replies that all women discriminate against men.] EVEN a whackjob from democraticunderground finds her position squirrley. But even if that doesn’t persuade you, then treat her the exact same way that Sen. Patrick Leahy treated a G. W. Bush nominee who belonged to an all male fishing group. Leahy attacked the nominee for belonging to it:
“If men want to go off and go fly fishing themselves, that is fine. If women want to go off and go fly fishing, that is fine. But when they have facilities to conduct business and when businesspeople go there to conduct business and that is how you may be able to get ahead in the business world if you exclude women from it, if you say, women, if you want to be in business, you are not going to be able to join the moguls of the business or legal community here, then it is exclusionary…. Spruce Creek invidiously discriminates against women.”
So did Dick Durbin, Ted Kennedy, Russ Feingold. I am so sick and tired of Republicans who refuse to fight fire with fire. When Democrats attack, we sit back and take it. When the exactfuckingsame circumstance arises but the shoe is on the other foot, too many Republicans huff about not stooping to the Democrat level and acting on principle, blah fuckingblah blah blah. FIGHT, damn it! I don’t approve of their methods, either, but FIGHT. This is war. The opponent gets to make the rules. Play by their rules or lose!