Those who read this blog with any frequency will already know that I do not participate in politics for religious reasons, and I believe that the confirmation or denial of Ms. Sonia Sotomayor will have less of an impact on taking the country one step closer to or further from God’s desires for it than the general attitude of the nation’s citizenry already has. (Now, whether it takes the country closer to or further from truly Constitutional government is another question, but not one to be debated here.)
However, I think I have said before — either in conversation or here in print — that politics can carry a certain fascination from a “spectator sport” point of view, if one can keep one’s stomach from turning long enough. And in that sense, I have found that the contrast between the treatment (so far) of Ms. Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court and that of Mr. Miguel Estrada’s nomination in 2001-2003 to the federal Circuit Court of Appeals is interesting — all the more, since Mr. Estrada’s nomination was to a lower court. Will the political parties behave similarly, but in reversed positions? It has been generally acknowledged (or, at the very least, implied with a wink) that the unprecedented filibustering that Mr. Estrada received from Senate Democrats was very politically motivated. Can anyone doubt that the current batch of Senate Republicans is, at this moment, making a political calculation about how to respond? (Though I suspect that the result of that calculation will produce different results in this case, it will still be a very political calculation.)
OK, I’ve got more I could say, but my stomach is finally starting to turn… Must move on to something else… If anything, all the base & carnal machinations that are such an inherent part of events such as these prompt me to pray all the more that God will speed that day when God will restore true, righteous justice to the earth at the return of Christ (Isa. 9:6-7) – the Righteous Judge.