May 27th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 05/27/09

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  1. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    The Magic Wall! Miss it so! 😀

    May 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  2. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    The Republicans are grasping at straws here. They are afraid of losing power in every branch of government. Judge Sotomayor is not racist. I think she is an excellent pick on the part of President Obama.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  3. Lori from IL

    @Miss J - politics as usual - picking out only the part of a quote that serves your purpose. That's why it's important we get the whole story - which often means doing the research/reading ourselves.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  4. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Erica!!!
    I agree with you! I am enjoy watching John King "State of the Union" He is doing great job!!!!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  5. Jacqueline, NY

    All she is saying is that because she is of the people, coupled with higher learning, she has more of an inside scoop on things, thereby allowing her, perhaps, a little bit more insight into a matter pertaining to one of her own. And so it is so.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  6. Joy

    If Obama would have picked a white male the republicans would be praising him. They're scared cause now that it will be a hispanic on the supreme court immigration will be at the fore front.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  7. Gene

    She is qualified by her recent positions alone and should be voted on unanimously, anything else is racism.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  8. PJ from Indiana

    Another example of small words being blown up into something way to big when republicans have nothing else to whine about.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  9. Lori from IL

    What rock is Alex liviing under? - left to center judges - don't effect people's lives so they tolerate it -

    May 27, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  10. Melisssa

    Re: Sotomayor's "incinderary' sexist[raceist comment: The ENTIRE context shows that she was making the point that one must be Aware of One's own Biases....and, capable of transcending them!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  11. David, Indiana

    Hi Isabel, John King, Erica, everyone.

    these questions are so important, I think judge Sotomayor's comment about making a better decision about a case? as a latina woman than would a white male? is questionable, but I don't know the context of this remark, and you're not giving it, quite obviously. Personally I challenge that pt, but her remarks on Tuesday, indicate to me she takes as her responsibility judging cases even handedly and impartially.

    Twitter's such a limited way to broadcast comments on issues like this.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  12. Gail

    Limbaugh and Gingrich are disgraceful! This woman is everything that the Republicans revere ' Work hard, play by the rules, pull yourself up by your bootstraps" successful and they call her "racist"?! Every Republican should distance themselves from this nonsense immediately!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  13. Matt

    i love how what she said is a snippet completely out of context and there's no effort on the part of the media to expound on the context. Instead, it's about the he-said-she-said "controversy" of the GOP's selective quotation raises. While one might consider it an indictment of the media to point that out, the reality is that it's more of an indictment of us, for not only allowing it, but savoring it and thereby encouraging them.

    The issue? Her qualifications, education, decision history, etc. Why is that not being discussed by the GOP? They can't win there. However, they can raise money by acting in this manner.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  14. Krasi, Houston, TX

    The idea here is that the Supreme Court needs to include people who represent different backgrounds and come from different experiences so that when a case is judged, it will be looked at from different perspectives and not from one and the same.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  15. starr formerly known as vincent

    Seems to me Alex is back-peddling..interesting panel.

    Great interviewing John King!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  16. Bridget, TX

    Is it not possible for our government officials to deal with any issue beyond politics? I hope the GOP will question Sotomayor as they would if she was nominated by a GOP.

    John King what you and others aren't getting is that with the white males appointed to the courts it was a given that they were going to make decisions based on who they were and their life experiences.

    Sotomayor made the stmt because,she is an exception to the white male justices.

    It is impossible for anyone to sit on the court and not bring their life experiences to the court. If not, why would presidents pick justices based on their beliefs? Their beliefs and practices have to be based on something.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  17. Danielle

    Even is she is racist her opinion as a woman and a hispanic is important to me.

    Danielle (white as ever) in Minnesota

    May 27, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  18. Maurice

    I think that the mere fact that race is being discussed in relation to the qualification of the candidate is sad commentary on the state of our nation.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  19. Vanessa, TX

    The race issue is crusty-like and needs to go away..she is NOT racist..I think we need to move w/ the times..like Ms Echeveste said, America is a big pot of diversity.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  20. Krasi, Houston, TX

    What judge Sotomayor said is true; she does have a different way of looking at things because of her experiences, but I believe this can only make her a better judge.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Miss J

    John King,

    Did you guys at CNN get the quote from Justice Alito? Saying pretty much the exact same thing?

    May 27, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  22. Danielle

    I agree that we need her as a judge in America!
    Her ideas can enrich America.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  23. Jacqueline, NY

    John, that is not the same thing.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  24. Mando in Texas

    Johnathon King

    Study the words carefully, the key phrase being "who has not lived the life she has". It is not who she is, it is that she has led such a life. Of course, referring to herself, she is proud of being Latina. Study the WORDS, especially at the end of her quote.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  25. ericacnn

    hi, everyone. good to have john back with us tonight

    May 27, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  26. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    You can't change the interpretation of the law based on your race or anyone else's race. Racist may be too strong a term, but her rulings certainly are questionable in some cases.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  27. denese Winchester

    Hi All! The richeness of experiences is the key phrase. It has nothing to do with being racist. Leave her be. Find another target Republicans.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  28. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Good evening bloggers!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  29. Miss J

    John King,

    To be honest, if you read the entire thing she said, it actually comes out to be the opposite of what many Republicans are saying.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  30. Jacqueline, NY

    ..And what Judge Sotomayor said is right.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Anthonia-califonia

    Hey Eveeeryone! Happy Wednesday!
    Great to have you again John 🙂

    I hope congress decides to keep Sotomayor as judge for the supreme court. She has great experience in law and would bring change to America by being the first latina to be on the bench!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  32. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good evening John, its good to see you again tonight! Good evening to my fellow evening conversationalists as well! Hope you had a good day!

    Limbaugh...against a Democratically nominated supreme court nominee? No! Never...We all saw that coming from a mile away!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  33. Lori from IL

    Does Alex seriously think that calling someone a "racist" is not a personal attack?

    May 27, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    you know, quoting a Broadway show, but "everyone is a little bit racist"

    I just don't understand why we have to stoop to this level, calling another racist...

    May 27, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Danielle

    A female hispanic racist?


    -Danielle 28 female white in MN

    May 27, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Gail

    @ John King
    I hope you journalists at CNN will play the whole Sotomayor quote. I have read it and in it she says she checks her ethnicity at the door in her judicial duties. Please play or show the entire quote!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    As I recall, the vast majority of the bloggers here said that the New Haven firefighters who passed the test should get promoted regardless of race. How does that reconcile with your support of her ruling that was definitely reverse discrimination?

    May 27, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  38. Vanessa, TX

    Good evening John, my smartees..
    Of course, race..those few ppl who still haven't moved..I REALLY hope Judge Sotomayor does NOT withdraw over a "few" ppl that feel race is and will be an issue!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  39. Dulcie - Denver

    You know, I pretty much usually agree with David Gergen with regards to hearing from dissenting opinions. But the hateful rhetoric coming from the Conservatives really makes me ill. Calling her 'racist' is just disgusting. Charges of 'reverse racism' are just knee jerk dissent.

    The GOP is just scraping the bottom of the barrel.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I haven't hear like that before, she is not racist at all. I am shock what Rush L. is really disagree with judge Sonia Sotomayor.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  41. starr formerly known as vincent

    Hi John, glad to see you back tonight! Good evening team 360.

    Good evening fellow bloggers.

    I'm beyond tired of republican "hate" speech as a strategy.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Esma

    Hey everyone: John King, Erica, David Gergen, V$, Eduardo, all at AC360, the Tribe, and all the bloggers!

    Calling someone a racist is just racist. How low is the fringe of the GOP going to sink? Where are the voices of the Moderates?

    May 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Bridget, TX

    Good evening John King and fellow bloggers.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Danielle

    Well, if a female hispanic is now a reverse racist what the heck am I?

    May 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Good evening, everyone!

    Racist? Seriously? From the quotes shown, that's a somewhat ridiculous charge.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Lori from IL

    Really - "racist" - how low will these people go?!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Lori from IL

    Good evening John King - glad to have you back on 360 tonight!

    Hello, Fellow Bloggers - hope everyone had a good day - looking forward to chatting with you tonight.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Isabel, Brazil

    Evening, John King!

    Hi, friends, David (Indiana), bloggers, everyone ...

    May 27, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo John, Erica, Edurrado(Ed Henry) David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!

    Happy Wednesday night! Hello John! Nice to see you second day on live blog tonight!!!!!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    What's up bloggers! 😛

    Happy Wednesday!

    May 27, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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