6.04.2009

Sotomayor Made Same “Wise Woman” Speech In 1990s — And No One Objected

The difference between now and the? Then we had a white President, now we don't. It's the only thing that has changed. It only adds fuel to the belief that the attacks on Sotomayor aren't about her, but about making Obama out to be a racist in order to taint him & Democrats for 2010 & Obama in the 2012 presidential election. It's about fear-mongering.

From Greg Sargent:

I’ve just obtained a speech that Sonia Sotomayor gave in 1994, in which she made a comment virtually identical to the “wise Latina” one from 2001 that has generated so much controversy.

And though the 1994 speech was disclosed to Republican Senators as part of her confirmation for Court of Appeals in 1998, there’s no sign that anyone objected to it in any way.

[snip]

Here’s what she said in the 1994 speech:

“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.”

That’s virtually identical to the comments from 2001 that have generated days and days of controversy.

There’s no sign that any Republican Senators — seven of whom are still in the Senate — had any objection whatsoever to the comments when they reviewed them in 1998.

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