Stop It

From McClatchy:

“Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor are quietly targeting the Connecticut firefighter who’s at the center of Sotomayor’s most controversial ruling.

On the eve of Sotomayor’s Senate confirmation hearing, her advocates have been urging journalists to scrutinize what one called the “troubled and litigious work history” of firefighter Frank Ricci.”

The only “advocate” named in the article is People for the American Way. Whoever these advocates are, though, I have a message for them:


Really. Just stop.

First, it’s wrong. Apparently, Frank Ricci has filed a number of lawsuits in his career. So what? Is that in any way relevant to Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation? No. If it turned out that Frank Ricci was the Antichrist, would that mean that she was necessarily right to rule against him? No; no more than his being the Archangel Gabriel would mean that she ought to have ruled in his favor.

If his past has no relevance to her confirmation, there is no reason whatsoever to bring it up. And if there’s no reason to bring it up, then bringing it up is just gratuitous trashing.

Second, it’s stupid. Judge Sotomayor has perfectly good credentials. She doesn’t need this. It’s pointless ugliness.

So just stop.