Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sonia Sotomayer and The Blue Pomegranate Art Gallery

There is something unseemly to me about Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions grilling
Hispanic Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor. This white southern
male Republican Senator's politically trumped up "concern" about Sotomayor's "prejudices" turns history upside down.

Is this happening because we have come so far; or because we have come so little?

I have used the phrase "growing share of a shrinking market" to describe the Republican Party's collapse. Jeff Sessions is emblematic of that, it seems to me. His early oppositon to the NAACP and ACLU and prosecution of civil rights workers frame his early legal career in Alabama. His jokes there about the Ku Klux Klan have fallen pretty flat over time - he said they didn't seem so bad until he found out they smoked marijuana.

He has found himself on the wrong side of history and now sits in a Senate Hearing Room confronting what must be the worst nightmares of his youth - a Hispanic woman candidate for the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

Some snapshots tell a story. To me, this is one.

Ironically, Senator Sessions fought against the Senate's 60 vote rule when his party was in the majority. He thought 51 votes was all that should be necessary to end a filibuster of Judgeship nominations. I wonder if he has switched positions on that issue?

Anyway, just an observation from the sidelines.

Bud C

ps. I'm pleased that I'll have a few pieces of my art at The Blue Pomegranate Art Gallery at 65th and Maple for a while. Stop on by and check out the wonderful art at the Gallery .