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Emil Guillermo: See Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) opening statement at the first day of the Gorsuch hearings.

 

If you missed it, Asian Americans have Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) to stand up to Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Gorsuch seemed to dwell on a metaphor that Sen. Ben Sasse   first alluded to in his own opening remarks, quoting Gorsuch talking about the importance of a judge’s robe that cloaks a sense of the real person under the robe, supposedly to assure independence and allegiance only to the facts.

But the robe analogy is limited. And the hearings are to make sure we know the man hiding in the robe. We know that Scalia didn’t hide much. Gorsuch deserves no pass because he says he’d be independent.

Gorsuch  sure tried to make it sound like he was some man of the people when he referred to his robe as “honest, black, and polyester.”

Well, polyester is unnatural, non-breathable,and totally fabricated.

In other words, fake.  Intractable.  Polyester is what it is. A chemical truth.

All things, we don’t want in a judge.

And judging from the news about  his decisions past, we’ve seen that Gorsuch has used the robe to turn a blind eye to compassionate, human and caring decisions.

Asian Americans will have Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) holding Gorsuch’s polyester robe to the fire.

If she does, note that polyester is flammable.

Let’s hope we see some flames.

If not, well, the Dems don’t seem to have a lot of fight in them to contest Gorsuch.

There was a real mix group of moderates and conservatives sitting  behind him including including Asians and African Americans.

But is the 49-year-old  Gorsuch the best guy to break the  4-4 deadlock weighing down SCOTUS?

Is he  the guy who we want dictating laws the next 30-40 years?

Here’s Hirono opening statement:

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Check the latest columns on SCOTUS, Unions, Brussels, Donald Trump and more on the AALDEF blog.

 

The Donald trails in Wisconsin. When he doesn’t talk about polls, what does he talk about? He is about the act of running. Policy? He’d rather outsource that.  By confusing capitalism with democracy, he isn’t taking the time to bother with the issues. If you heard his thoughts on abortion, nuclear weapons, and other things this week, then you know that the Donald sounded like he was channeling Gary Busey on “Celebrity Apprentice.”

BRUSSELS:  Here’s a picture of the Filipino American woman who was one of the victims.  She was with her husband and four children at the airport. They survived. She did not.

SEE my reporting on the NBCNews.com Asian America site.

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Emil Guillermo: Scalia’s death has made everyone notice this election season.

 

 

If you were on the sidelines waiting for everyone to duke it out, then planning to very quietly cast a ballot in November, that all changed.

Now the stakes are as clear as ever.

The future of the nation isn’t about the presidency, nor the Senate.

But both play a role in choosing a Supreme Court justice.

You may not have considered that as important heretofore.

But you should now.

There’s a lot of guff about the Senate blocking Obama from naming a person.

But there is the constitution which says every nominee deserves an up/down vote. I don’t think the Senate can block an acceptable nominee indefinitely.

If Obama is shrewd, and he no doubt will be, his choice will be someone who has bi-partisan appeal.  Someone who has been supported by conservatives.

A few come to mind. And one is a Filipino American woman who heads the California Supreme Court.

See my column here on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog.

There’s much at stake in this current court year from Obamacare to affirmative action to union and labor issues.  there have been many 5-4 decisions. If there’s a 4-4 tie, the lower court rulings will stand.

It’s critical to get a replacement for Scalia now.

And that’s why every one will now be glued to politics.

Special interests? It’s in all our interests to get this right–the best interests of our American Democracy.

And it’s not just Scalia’s replacement. With a number of judges approaching retirement age, the next group of appointees to come will impact the nation for the next 25 years or more.

If you haven’t been paying attention, Scalia’s passing demands you pay attention now.

Emil Guillermo: I know I tend to bash SNL a lot (and it deserves it), but one joke made me laugh pretty hard last night

Actually, there was more than one good laugh in the show, but Weekend Update was better than normal with Kate McKinnon playing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a venerable and funky judge.

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As she spoke about Uptown Funkin’ with Bruno Mars (funny in itself), McKinnon as the Ginz came back and topped it: “I like my men like I like my  decisions…5-4.”

That’s as funny a Filipino short joke as I’ve ever heard.

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