What They'll Say to Fight Sotomayor

Critics call nominee racially insensitive, lacking intellect
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2009 10:13 AM CDT
What They'll Say to Fight Sotomayor
Supreme Court choice Sonia Sotomayor speaks to President Barack Obama during yesterday's appearance.   (AP Photo)

Sonia Sotomayor’s opponents are already polishing their script, Politico reports. They’ll call her radical, racist, and stupid—albeit via softer buzzwords. She’s a “judicial activist” fond of “identity politics,” with a questionable “intellect.” Here are the charges against her:

  • She lacks “intellect”: In a New Republic article, former clerks said Sotomayor is “not that smart.” Supporters say that’s ludicrous; Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton, and was a Yale Law Review editor.

  • She’s a “reverse racist”: The New Haven firefighters discrimination case is sure to be a flashpoint, as is Sotomayor’s oft-quoted line that a Latina woman’s experience should, more often than not, lead to better decisions. Supporters say that, in context, the statement and case make sense.
  • She’s an “activist judge”: An old attack, fueled by Sotomayor’s statement that “the Court of Appeals is where policy is made.” Supporters say she was contrasting it with lower courts.
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