Her repeated use of the phrases “wise Latina woman” and “wise woman” would appear to undermine the Obama administration’s assertions that the statement was simply a poor choice of words. After details of the 1994 speech circulated before the questionnaire’s release, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, emerged from his private meeting with Sotomayor and expressed new concerns about the nominee’s “identity politics.”
Judge Sotomayor will have alot of explaining to do now with regards to racial and sexual preferences. Her speeches, writings, cases and life will be gone through with a fine-toothed comb.
During her confirmation hearings she will have to clearly articulate/prove that she is unbiased and will apply justice for all Americans – not just “Wise” “Latina” or “Women” ones.
Remember that some have maintained that it is Sotomayor’s supporters that may indeed “SPIN” her out of a job on the United States Supreme Court.
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Chris, most rationale pundits have learned t o ignore him.
Now, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the “wise” Latina is another matter. While I continue to maintain she will be confirmed, Sotomayor will have some tough questions to answer after Labor Day on racial preferences and her suitability for the Supreme Court.
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Day By Day by Chris Muir
â€œI 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 hasnâ€™t lived that life.â€
Americans demand a Supreme Court Justice who is colorblind NOT one who overtly promotes race-conscious remedies under the law. If a white man had said what Judge Sotomayor had, then he would have been branded a racist and his nomination would have to be withdrawn.
Judge Sotomayor will have to answer questions at her confirmation hearing on whether she can be an unbiased Justice who will be able to apply the law to ALL Americans without regard to color or race.
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President Barack Obama on Friday personally sought to deflect criticism about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, who finds herself under intensifying scrutiny for saying in 2001 that a female Hispanic judge would often reach a better decision than a white male judge.
“I’m sure she would have restated it,” Obama flatly told NBC News, without indicating how he knew that.
The quote in question from Sotomayor has emerged as a rallying call for conservative critics who fear she will offer opinions from the bench based less on the rule of law and more on her life experience, ethnicity and gender. That debate is likely to play a central role in her Senate confirmation process.
Said Sotomayor in 2001: “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.”
After three days of suggesting that reporters and critics should not dwell on one sentence from a speech, the White House had a different message Friday.
“I think if she had the speech to do all over again, I think she’d change that word,” presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.
I am actually taken aback from the White House rushing to Judge Sotomayor’s defense. Her nomination appeared to be heading toward an easy confirmation with Republicans treading carefully around the issues of her Hispanic race and affirmative action.
Perhaps the White House noticed some softness in her polling.
Quinnipiac polling reports, “American voters approve 54 â€“ 24 percent, with 22 percent undecided, of President Barack Obamaâ€™s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.”
I have no illusions that Sotomayor will not be approved by a majority of the Senate, barring some earth-shattering revelations, but doesn’t that 54 percent seem a little low? Obama’s job approval is in the mid-50s to the mid-60s; wouldn’t one expect that if you’re an Obama fan, you’re pretty much on board with the pick? Are there any pockets of Obama supporters who are wary or disappointed with this selection?
Flap’s antennae have now been raised.
Will some scandal drop this weekend?
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President Barack Obama announces federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor, right, as his nominee for the Supreme Court, Tuesday, May 26, 2009, in an East Room ceremony of the White House in Washington
Democrat Political Insiders:
- Yes – 8%
- No – 89%
- Depends – 3%
- Yes – 24%
- No – 64%
- Depends – 12%
Flap says it depends.
Let the confirmation process roll along and examine her record and background. As one political insider noted, Americans did not know Timothy Geithner was a “tax cheat” until well after he was nominated.
So, the Senate Republicans should NOT call names and obstruct. But, should be prepared to ask the RIGHT questions and investigate her background and judicial opinions.
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