Here’s the short version:
Sonia Sotomayor goes to testify at the Senate confirmation hearings. She lies about the “wise Latina” speech that she has repeated time and time again in the period between 1994 and 2003.
As John Hinderaker points out,
Sotomayor’s characterization of the context of her “wise Latina” remark is the opposite of the truth. She wasn’t “agreeing with the sentiment that Justice O’Connor was attempting to convey,” as she told Senator Leahy. Rather, she staked out a position in opposition to O’Connor’s. In her speech she expressly disagreed with O’Connor’s view, as Sotomayor put it, “that both men and women were equally capable of being wise and fair judges.
By the way, as a Puerto Rican woman born and raised in the island, this “wise Latina” nonsense would have been received by my Puerto Rican mother with a most uncordial reality check: accident of birth does not wisdom make.
She’s going to get confirmed no matter what.
The Republicans better save their energy for the Senate debate on government healthcare.
Messed up on Kelo, too.
Title of the post inspired by The Reduced Shakespeare Company, who have nothing to do with Senate hearings.