I’ve received a lot of e-mails this morning regarding the widely-reported revelation that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor had repeated, on several occasions, her divisive statement regarding female Hispanic judges being able to come to better conclusions than their white male counterparts many different times, during many different speeches over the years.
Honestly, I’m not surprised at all that such news came out. In fact, while sitting in the airport en route to Chicago a week ago today, I wrote that I “would not be surprised if, in the coming days and weeks, we learned that the very same sentiment, if not the exact same statement, was repeated time and time again to many, many people.” Because I know people like her, and I see people like her every time I look at the First Family in the White House.
What concerns me is the phrase that begins an Associated Press report released yesterday evening about the files delivered to Capitol Hill:
Sonia Sotomayor told the Senate on Thursday that the White House never questioned her about cases or issues she might have to decide as a Supreme Court justice, a disclosure gleaned from reams of documents that reveal she has spoken repeatedly about how her gender and Latina heritage affect her judging.
Now, I know that prospective Supreme Court Justices are supposed to avoid confrontations or conversations with any and all elected officials about specific cases or issues pending before the Supreme Court, and report any such conversations which have taken place, but that the AP felt it necessary to put in such a statement anyway, I think, only underscores that Sonia Sotomayor has been chosen–and will be confirmed–for her perspective on diversity and race rather than her competence and demeanor on the bench.
I’ve said before, in the remarks following the America’s Right ‘Identity Politics Pop Quiz‘ (have you taken it yet?), that Sotomayor was chosen by Obama because he sees himself and his wife in her, and knows how she will likely come down on the bench without even being able to ask. Incidentially, that’s why I also do not share the opinion put forth by Rush Limbaugh and some concerned liberals that she is actually a closet pro-lifer — if she were, knowing why the president selected her, she would not have been selected for the vacant seat.
Alas, even though her remarkable life story is a bit tainted by a chip on the shoulder, and even though it is increasingly obvious that she takes that chip with her to the bench, Sonia Sotomayor will likely be confirmed as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. After all, when the Senate Majority Leader admits that he has neither read a single opinion nor does he plan to, it is apparent that, for the Democrats, selecting a candidate for a life term on the bench at the highest court on the land has less to do with judging, and more to do with diversity, political correctness, policy-making, and politics.