Skip to comments.Democrats differ on 'wise Latina' defenses
Posted on 05/31/2009 4:57:36 PM PDT by kennedy
As Republicans continue to hammer Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor for a 2001 assertion thats become known as the wise Latina remark, her backers are struggling to come up with a single coherent line of defense.
In the past few days, supporters confronted with the remark have offered a range of divergent tactics and tones, offering explanations that span from apologetic to defiant to suggesting Sotomayor may have been joking.
President Obama himself addressed the bubbling controversy, which is emerging as among the leading GOP lines of attack against Sotomayor, asserting on Friday Sotomayor would have restated the comment if given another chance.
But that message which reaffirmed the official White House spin articulated earlier the same day by press secretary Robert Gibbs did little to build consensus among Sotomayor supporters, who took to the Sunday show circuit with a cacophony of explanations for the comment, which Sotomayor made during a 2001 speech at the law school of the University of California, Berkeley.
In the speech, which was later published as a law review article, Sotomayor, a federal appellate judge who is of Puerto Rican descent, said: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."
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The “if a white guy said it” is deadly in this situation.
IMUS didn’t get a do over. Sotomayor disqualified herself. Icing on the cake is her flippant dismissal of the New Haven firemen case.
I hope the Republicans hammer her unmercifully.
Hey you might get your wish, Lindsey Graham wants her to apologize.
Of course they lie. The media prints it.
As for Sotomayor, anyone capable of critical thought cannot buy the “I misspoke; I should have said something different.”
1. You said what you thought, you are stuck with it.
2. We expect you to write cogent legal opinions that have the force of law. You had better mean what you say in those opinions; there are no “do overs.”
Lack of precision in expression of thought is a professional disqualification for the nation’s highest court.
Too bad we don’t have a judge who considers herself an
Great point, and on top of that one of the guys at National Review pointed out that she read read her remarks from a prepared text. So they weren’t exactly off the cuff.
There is no defending it. Racial supremecism is bad always.
“I am not a champion of lost causes, but of causes not yet won.”?
The above quote was selected by Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, as her college yearbook quote some thirty years ago. Because of its author, a few have attacked Justice Sotomayor as having “socialistic tendencies”. But, if you consider the content of the quote rather than its author, does it really suggest a socialist world view?
The author, by the way, was Norman Thomas, one of the leading Socialist politicians in the United States in the 1930s.
I hope SOMEONE hammers her! Unfortunately, the members of the legislative branch calling themselves Republicans have largely rolled over and played dead on practically every issue to date. I am pessimistic about the possibility of any of them offering more than token resistance to her confirmation.
She’s a racist, sexist and socialist.
Appointing Sotomayor is like throwing
a 70-yard bomb on second-and-inches from
Elway to Rice one minute into the first
There is no way to go wrong.
I think the firemen discriminated against want more than an apology. Shooting down her appointment along with her decision would be a good start.
Dick Durbin (?) Said something nice about Robert Byrd being good for the country at any time in history, but he's not a racist.
Is there a pattern here?
Technically, So-Toe-My-Ear did say she would "hope" that a Latina woman would make a better decision the a white man. So much for hoping!
“apologize, and we’ll put you in the most powerful lifetime appointment position in America”
I don’t agree. DON’T ask her to apologize. Make it WELL KNOWN that this type of racism and racial spoils system is what Obama wants for us.
Just checked, and it was Chris Dodd who said this.
Any judge who has a 60% reversal rate is in no way “wise.”
My point was that she claimed that she had a wisdom that comes from her experience that makes her judgement superior to others. I wonder how a superior wisdom led her to conclude that her statement was okay to say.
In other words, the existence of her statement contradicts the content of her statement.