6/05/2009

"Sotomayor's Controversial 'Wise Latina' Remark Not Isolated"

From Fox News:

They include more instances in which she said she hopes a "wise Latina" would reach a better decision than a man without that experience.

The comments in 2002 and 2003 echo a much-criticized remark she made in 2001 at the University of California-Berkeley law school that has prompted a furor among conservatives who say they suggest President Barack Obama's first Supreme Court nominee brings a personal bias to her legal decisions.

Obama has said he is "sure she would have restated it." In fact, she said it almost precisely the same way in speeches to the Princeton Club in 2002 and one at Seton Hall law school in 2003, according to copies she sent the Senate. . . . .

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2 Comments:

Blogger Angela said...

So, can we assume that a truly wise Latina wouldn't have openly and brazenly painted herself as a minority with a superiority complex?

6/05/2009 9:24 AM  
Blogger Pundit said...

As I have said before, Sotomayor's comments (in full) show someone who is proud of her background and accomplishments and recognizes both the inevitable bias that anyone would bring to the bench and the ideal of impartiality toward which judges should always aspire.

This business about her comments being a misstatement or that she would have liked to have stated things differently is nothing but spin and a sad sign of the times: that people cannot get out of their partisan corners and objectively evaluate a statement and have an intellectually honest debate about its implications. Instead, we have to spin and disavow complex ideas to appease the nattering knuckleheads that shout down serious debate.

Sotomayor should stand by those words and use her confirmation hearings as an opportunity to show our political class and our media darlings and our "news" celebrities what intellectual honesty looks like.

6/05/2009 6:56 PM  

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