At points during this entire confirmation process, I’ve wondered more than a few times why we should even be questioning this woman. It’s not as though she’s just going to stand up and say: “You got me. I let matters of race and personal bias get in the way of my interpretations of the law.”
She’s saying what she has been coached to say. She’s saying what she needs to say to get confirmed. As Americans in the Age of Obama, we should be used to this by now — after all, our president is the master of directly controverting previous statements and saying what he needs to say in order to advance a certain agenda. Why should we be surprised that his nominee would do the same thing, making statements diametrically opposed to her own prior statements without offering any explanation for the sea change?
Why even bother asking her questions at all? We already know that this woman, this judge, will not tell us the truth. It’s not as if we’re going to learn anything new.
Well, to answer my own question, we need this confirmation process to teach America exactly who Sonia Sotomayor is, and by extension who Barack Obama is. Obama looks at Sonia Sotomayor and sees the Hispanic mirror-image of his wife or the female, Hispanic incarnation of himself. Think about it — Sotomayor is a minority who came from an unconventional childhood, who is obsessed with race, who could care less about the U.S. Constitution, and who holds “social justice” in higher esteem than progress or the rule of law.
What gets me is that, even in this climate, Sotomayor cannot tell the truth about herself, as if she knows that doing so would come off poorly. Why not admit her personal bias? After all, Barack Obama said that he wants a Supreme Court Justice with empathy.
The answer here, too, is fairly simple — just like liberals must cloud their goals and aspirations and agenda in terms of saving the environment or helping the poor because the truth would only show the unpalatability of their ideas, Sotomayor cannot show herself during this confirmation process, as nobody wants a Supreme Court Justice who admittedly feels as though the bench is the right place to make law, who feels that a wise Latina can come to a better conclusion than a white male. Nobody wants a woman so obsessed with race, so burdened by the chip on her shoulder that she is willing to completely ignore the law (as she did in the Ricci firefighter case) deciding hallmark cases in the United States Supreme Court.
And the more America learns about Sonia Sotomayor, perhaps then they’ll realize that they don’t want a man obsessed with race and burdened by a chip on his shoulder ignoring the rule of law and the Constitution in the Oval Office.