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Two Quotes Re Sotomayor

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:08 pm


Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor delivered multiple speeches between 1994 and 2003 in which she suggested “a wise Latina woman” or “wise woman” judge might “reach a better conclusion” than a male judge.

Those speeches, released Thursday as part of Sotomayor’s responses to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s questionnaire, [] suggest her widely quoted 2001 speech in which she indicated a “wise Latina” judge might make a better decision was far from a single isolated instance.


Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor told Sen. Dianne Feinstein Tuesday her controversial Latina remarks were a “poor choice of words,” the California Democrat said.

“She said, ‘Obviously it was a poor choice of words if you read on and read the rest of my speech you wouldn’t be concerned with it but it was a poor choice of words,'” Feinstein told reporters.

You know, it may have been a “poor choice of words” — but she chose the words time and time again, and she believes what she was saying.

24 Responses to “Two Quotes Re Sotomayor”

  1. I think a wise Republican Senator would vote against her and make her confirmation 59-39.

    nk (157acd)

  2. […] From Patterico we discover that she has been “wise latina-ing” for a long time.  Color me surprised. […]

    Gazzer’s Gabfest » What’s that thing about opening your mouth and removing all doubt? (b98ad6)

  3. Only white males are racist in Zero’s Union of Socialist States USA.

    highpockets (4d6731)

  4. How many layers of editors does she require.

    AD - RtR/OS! (1f03ac)

  5. Are multiple poor choices a habit, a belief, an ideology or what?

    daleyrocks (5d22c0)

  6. Are multiple poor choices a habit, a belief, an ideology or what?

    They’re a lifestyle.

    Dana (aedf1d)

  7. Sort of like serial marriages to bad husbands.

    AD - RtR/OS! (1f03ac)

  8. Isn’t “word choice” the bread-and-butter of those that make a living in the practice of the law?

    Pons Asinorum (03ef30)

  9. Any wise white guy could probably make better decisions than any self identified sexist/racist Latina woman. Expecially if the Latina woman was so blind to her own prejudices, or so arrogrant, as to knowingly give them voice in various public forums extending over a number of years.

    This silly Latina woman isn’t fit to sit in judgment of others. And, neither is anyone else who spews sexist racism. This woman is a disgrace, but she does represent President Obama’s views, and those of the Democrat Party leadership.

    I fully expect the stalwarts in the GOP to roll over and vote for her in droves. Welcome to Obama’s Brave New World. Now, hand over your so-called rights and your wallet, and don’t so much as whine about any of it. After all, in a republic you get the sort of government you deserve.

    Ropelight (e36d4f)

  10. I can’t wait to read the highcourt rulings of someone who so diligently practices identity politics. For that matter, I look forward to the SCOTUS ruling of her fire-fighter case.

    Gonna make it tough to confirm someone with her sort of bias (at least it would be if the process weren’t so partisan).

    Pigilito (5a1996)

  11. Seen on a bumper sticker in Fort Myers, FL.

    I’ll keep my guns.
    I’ll keep my rights.
    I’ll keep my faith.

    And, you can keep the change!

    Ropelight (e36d4f)

  12. Did you read the entire speech?
    She was talking specifically about civil rights cases.

    ALITO: “Senator, I tried to in my opening statement, I tried to provide a little picture of who I am as a human being and how my background and my experiences have shaped me and brought me to this point. … And that’s why I went into that in my opening statement. Because when a case comes before me involving, let’s say, someone who is an immigrant — and we get an awful lot of immigration cases and naturalization cases — I can’t help but think of my own ancestors, because it wasn’t that long ago when they were in that position. […]

    And that goes down the line. When I get a case about discrimination, I have to think about people in my own family who suffered discrimination because of their ethnic background or because of religion or because of gender. And I do take that into accout” Is there a difference?

    And this

    WASHINGTON — Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, is often quoted as saying that a wise female judge will come to the same conclusion as a wise male judge.
    But the opposing argument was bolstered forcefully in April by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, currently the court’s only woman, in a case involving Savana Redding, a 13-year-old girl who had been strip-searched at school by the authorities on suspicion of hiding some ibuprofen pills that may be bought over-the-counter.

    “They have never been a 13-year-old girl,” Justice Ginsburg said of her eight male colleagues, several of whom had suggested during oral argument that they were not troubled by the search.

    “It’s a very sensitive age for a girl,” Justice Ginsburg went on to say in an interview with USA Today. “I didn’t think that my colleagues, some of them, quite understood.”

    And you might want to read this

    if you’re going to continue BS’ing about Tiller.

    duvel (63f90e)

  13. “Did you read the entire speech?”

    Yeah. She’s obviously a bigot and an idiot. That’s why she has ties to the Democrat Party.

    Dave Surls (0e1f5a)

  14. I guess none of them ever had a 13 year-old girl, either. What the hell to do? We need a firefighter and a 13 year-old girl on the court right now! That’s what.

    And Tiller was indeed a good man. Thanks for clarifying everything duvel.

    Chris (a24890)

  15. Guess what, leftoid dufuses. I don’t ever want to get called before a judge who thinks she’s somehow superior to me by virtue of her race, sex or culture.

    If you can’t figure out why, then you belong in the Democrat Party. It was basically created for racists and fools, by racista and fools.

    Dave Surls (0e1f5a)

  16. “Yeah. She’s obviously a bigot and an idiot.”
    Then you obviously didn’t read the speech.
    Here’s the full text

    duvel (62b020)

  17. duvel: “It’s a very sensitive age for a girl,” Justice Ginsburg went on to say in an interview with USA Today. “I didn’t think that my colleagues, some of them, quite understood.”

    Having raised a girl, I’d have to agree, but the issue isn’t the degree of sensivity needed, but was the law followed… nothing else should apply.
    Personally, without knowing the facts, I have a question as to why would the authorities want to search for ibuprophen, has “zero tolerance” become “zero intelligence?” Second, if it was only Ibuprophen, did the girl WANT to keep it hidden for some reason, or did she not have it?

    GM Roper (85dcd7)

  18. “zero intelligence?”

    You ask this question realizing we are talking about the public-education system?

    AD - RtR/OS! (b0c533)

  19. Wall Street Journal on Sotomayor

    Nominee’s Criminal Rulings Tilt to Right of Souter

    duvel (63f90e)

  20. Could it be that the attention to Sotomayor quotes regarding Latina experience is overdone here? I don’t recall Patrick taking note of the fact that the nominee spent a significant portion of her career doing what he does — working as a prosecutor in a large urban D.A. ‘s office.

    This part of her experience seems to have had some effect on her judicial philosophy. A story in this morning’s WSJ suggests that her record as a judge puts her “to the right of Souter” with respect to criminal justice.

    Tim McGarry (9fe080)

  21. And Rush keeps speculating as to whether or not she is actually Pro-Life!

    Bubble, bubble, boil and trouble.

    AD - RtR/OS! (b0c533)

  22. “Then you obviously didn’t read the speech.”

    Like I said, she’s a bigot and an idiot. Furthermore’ we’ve already experimented with having bigots and idiots running the courts, and it didn’t work out too well.

    Been there, done that. Don’t need to do it again.

    Dave Surls (0e1f5a)

  23. Remember if you attack Sotomayor the terrorists will have won.

    Thomas Jackson (8ffd46)

  24. “It’s a very sensitive age for a girl,” Justice Ginsburg went on to say in an interview with USA Today. “I didn’t think that my colleagues, some of them, quite understood.”

    It’s a sensitive age for a boy, too. I don’t think she quite understood this. Gotta call it sexism on the bench. Can someone get a towel over here?

    allan (7ed099)

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