Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Dang! If Only She Were A White Male

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released a statement about President Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

...In the months ahead, it will be important for those of us in the U.S. Senate to weigh her qualifications and character as well as her ability to rule fairly without undue influence from her own personal race, gender, or political preferences.

3 comments:

Spokane Al said...

Of course her comments, where she stated, “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” don't help.

Imagine the uproar if an old white guy had rephrased that to his benefit.

The Chihweenie said...

You know, it is disgusting what they will come up with. Top of her class at Princeton, editor of Yale Law Review, confirmed by the Senate twice for prior judicial appointments. I know the tape of her at Duke looks wrong, but in practice Circuit opinions do become law, since we use a legal system based on stare decisis. Anywho, it is more proof that some people in this country are more interested in standing in the way of progress and getting things done. Also, the conservative bloc on the court are all activist judges. The GOP only want THEIR activists (which doesn't hold water since Sotomajor was first appointed to the district court by George HW Bush). Ugh.

Hank said...

Al, I know what you mean if I let the quote stand alone. But when I read the lecture in it's entirety and see the context of that particular quote, I come away with a different viewpoint.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/15/us/politics/15judge.text.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print

What would be interesting to see is a discussion of her performance on the bench and the cases she has taken part in, much like the recent essay on our Chief Justice.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/05/25/090525fa_fact_toobin?currentPage=all