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American Opinion: On the Sotomayor hearing

An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States: The Associated Press On the Sotomayor hearings in Senate: The Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor presented everyone in Washington, D.C. -- a...

An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States:

The Associated Press

On the Sotomayor hearings in Senate:

The Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor presented everyone in Washington, D.C. -- and every American -- with a rare opportunity to get to know a uniquely qualified and uniquely positioned candidate who brings a broad background and collection of experiences to the nation's highest court. This is, of course, the nature of such hearings. But the range of factors surrounding Sotomayor's nomination and confirmation brought with it another opportunity, far rarer in U.S. politics: the chance to be gracious. Thus far, the Republicans have forsaken that chance.

It is perhaps not surprising. By its nature, the confirmation process -- whether for cabinet appointees or Supreme Court nominees -- is designed to test a candidate's politics, position and poise under intense scrutiny. That is certainly appropriate for all such high-profile figures, and is all the more so for Supreme Court nominees -- given the concentration of power the high court possesses. These selections need to be made carefully and with thorough questioning. That standard does not, however, require contention for contention's sake -- though from the behavior of some Senate Republicans during Sotomayor's confirmation hearings, it would be easy to think otherwise. ...

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-- Durango (Colo.) Herald

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