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Laura Vecsey's Blog

Laura Vecsey's Blog

Middle Ground

Toomey leans left: ‘I would vote for Sotomayor’

Pat Toomey welcomed Joe Sestak to the U.S. Senate hunt and then promptly said what does it matter whether the Democrats nominate Sestak or Arlen Specter. They’re both liberals who are going to spend America into oblivion.

Presumably, being a fiscal conservative means Wall Street can handle everything about the U.S. economy.

But the bigger point of the day for Toomey was his decision to come out looking, well, like a Democrat, at least on the issue of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

Toomey penned an op-ed The Inquirer in which he called Sotomayor “qualified and mainstream.”

That would make Toomey unlike John McCain, who came out against Sotomayor, as have most Republicans who aren’t GOP Senators Olympia Snowe or Lindsey Graham.

“If I were a U.S. senator, I would vote for her confirmation, because objective qualifications should matter more than ideology in the judicial confirmation process,” Toomey said.

“In determining whether a nominee is within the judicial mainstream, we should ask how he or she views the Constitution and whether he or she will administer justice impartially, he wrote. “Too many American judges are making up their own versions of the law rather than faithfully interpreting legal texts. Lawmaking must be reserved for the elected, politically accountable legislative and executive branches.”

The clincher from Toomey? “In general, though, Sotomayor’s record does not show judicial activism.”

Toomey may be a conservative Republican, but this is clearly an editorial position that will score a few points—or raise a few eyebrows— from those who have been wondering how Toomey could drift back toward the center and make his case to the centrist and Democrat-leaning majority of voters in the state.

Toomey may rail on Specter for his stimulus vote, but on the issue of Sotomayor, Toomey stands with the Democrats.

Point, Toomey.

August 4, 2009 at 12:41 pm

--Laura Vecsey


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