Friday, June 5, 2009

Sotomayor's "Wise Latina" Speech WAS her Do-Over

Last week, in Rumpelstiltskin-like fashion, Obama joined the White House's attempt to spin Judge Sotomayor's racist "wise Latina" comments into something less toxic. (Spinning it into gold was way too much to ask!)

From the NYT:
“I’m sure she would have restated it,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with NBC News. “But if you look in the entire sweep of the essay that she wrote, what’s clear is that she was simply saying that her life experiences will give her information about the struggles and hardships that people are going through — that will make her a good judge.”
Obama was referencing a 2001 speech at Berkley at which Sotomayor proclaimed "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."

But Sotomayor's Berkley speech wasn't an isolated incident. In a 1994 speech Sotomayor said
"Justice O’Connor has often been cited as saying that “a wise old man and a wise old woman reach the same conclusion in dueling cases. I am not so sure Justice O’Connor is the author of that line since Professor Resnik attributes the line to Supreme Court Justice Coyle. I am not so sure that I agree with the statement. First, if Prof. Martha Minnow is correct, there can never be a universal definition of ‘wise.’ Second, I would hope that a wise woman with the richness of her experience would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion."
She used almost the exact terms in a 2002 speech to the Princeton Club, Sotomayor said,
Second, I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences
would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion.
At a 2003 speech to Stetson Hall law school she said
"Second, I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion."
Allahpundit at HotAir.com explains the progression of Sotomayor's speeches eloquently:
"Evidently, the idea that her biology makes her a superior judge has been with her for decades. The only wrinkle: In 1994 she insisted it was her gender that made her “better” and by 2001 that notion had evolved to include race as well. Nice to know that her progressivism became more 'sophisticated' over time."
These speeches prove two things. One, there is no question that this racist meant to say exactly what she said regardless of how the White House tries to spin it.

And two, Sotomayor is devoid of creativity in the realm of speech-making.

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