the lamp grow brighter
Recently, we read the following:
Associated Press: “GOP senators weigh options in Sotomayor's wake” by Jesse Holland
"Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor won her first public pledge of support from a Republican senator Friday, after a smooth performance at her confirmation hearings that has placed her firmly on track to become the high court's first Latina and the first Democratic-named justice in 15 years.
"Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., announced that he would vote for Sotomayor, calling her 'clearly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court,' after four days of Judiciary Committee hearings in which he said she showed 'a judicial temperament.' Lugar, who previously voted to confirm Sotomayor to her current spot on a federal appeals court, was just the first of what is expected to be a number of Republicans who back Sotomayor….
"The GOP's leader at the confirmation hearings, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama has said he has no interest in stopping or even delaying Sotomayor's confirmation vote as the country's 111th Supreme Court justice….
" 'Your judicial record strikes me as pretty much in the mainstream of judicial decision-making,' said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. Added Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.: 'You have, as a judge, been generally in the mainstream….'
"Sotomayor's hearings were as much a prelude for future Supreme Court fights as a battle over the judge herself. Republicans criticized Obama's assertion — made before nominating Sotomayor — that he was looking for a justice with 'the quality of empathy,' and an earlier statement when he was a senator that some decisions depend on what's in a judge's heart…."
And we thought:
….Whatever’s in Sotomayor’s heart, her presence in John Roberts’ Supreme Court will remake the latter. The dialectics will change….