So I see a link on the Drudge Report to an article detailing how the White House picked out Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s clothing during her confirmation process, and my left eyebrow shoots up into my forehead, expanding exponentially with age. Wondering if Sotomayor was actually provided with the clothing by the White House in the same way former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was provided with clothing by the Republican National Committee (which she later returned), I clicked on the link in search of some hypocrisy.
Well, there was none. Justice Sotomayor shopped for the clothes and presumably paid for them herself. The White House merely picked from a selection of suits, like picking a friend of the president out of a police lineup in Chicago. Still, there was this little tid-bit:
The whole vetting process was intrusive, she said, according to the Yale Daily News. The FBI even investigated a parking ticket she had received two years earlier.
If the vetting process was so darned intrusive, then I was correct in May–in the America’s Right ‘Identity Politics Pop Quiz (take it now, if you haven’t already)–when I said that Barack Obama selected Sotomayor because he looks at her and “sees in her the Hispanic mirror-image of his wife or the female, Hispanic incarnation of himself, and is just arrogant enough to believe that he’ll be able to force her through despite the points of contention piling up by the minute.”
“Think about it,” I wrote. “Sotomayor is a minority. She came from an unconventional childhood. She is obsessed with race, could care less about the U.S. Constitution, and holds ‘social justice’ in higher esteem than progress or the rule of law.”
That had to be it. Given the intrusive nature of the FBI background check, there’s no reason to believe that the White House did NOT know about her affiliation with La Raza, or her rampant racism which manifested itself again and again in repeated statements about how a wise Hispanic woman is better equipped to properly adjudicate cases than old, white, male judges.
This tiny little paragraph meant likely to draw a laugh from a fawning crowd in New Haven by mentioning the parking ticket–”oh, she’s just like us,” the Yalies would say–could very well have destroyed any plausible deniability the White House has left when it comes to the president surrounding himself with radicals and other questionable characters.
After all, if the vetting process is so intrusive as to get into the nitty-gritty of years-old parking tickets, how does the White House explain the purported unknown details with regard to former “Green Jobs Czar” Van Jones and his radical past, or current “Safe Schools Czar” Kevin Jennings and his encouragement of statutory rape? Of Jones, didn’t the White House say that they were unaware of his checkered past? Of Jennings, didn’t his own sordid history come as a surprise to White House officials? Either the White House is lying and simply does not care whether known radicals have the president’s ear or, if we are to believe the White House, there are no background checks whatsoever being done on many of the advisers in this administration. Either way, it’s not good.
And that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. So what if Sotomayor purchased her own clothes and the White House selected what looked best on her? Perhaps they should do the same for the Secretary of State and her veritable rainbow of unflattering pantsuits. The important thing is that Sotomayor, in a foot-in-mouth fashion usually reserved for the vice president, revealed that each and every personnel decision made by this administration is intentional, regardless of what they say, or what emerges about the president’s advisers and staff.