Monday, July 27, 2009
Out of Sessions
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, announces that he will vote against Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation as associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. This development hardly comes as a surprise. Sessions's opposition was nearly as predictable as Sotomayor's confirmation in the Senate, where Democrats hold a 60-40 majority. What is curious about Sessions' decision is its peculiar logic in arriving at the decision. On the one hand, he warns that liberals might have nothing more than a Pyrrhic victory because Sotomayor retreated from previous positions. But on the other hand, he turned around and said that, in the final analysis, she would be unable to resist the urge for judicial activism that liberals cherish.