June 01, 2009

Quote of the Day

Yglesias, on Sotomayor:

One thing conservatives might want to ask themselves is what would they be saying about Sotomayor if she had the exact same background and record but was a middle class white woman from Riverdale instead of a poor Latina from the projects. Of course, they still wouldn’t like her but they’d find a non-offensive way to express that. They’d say things like “she’ll probably vote with Ginsburg and Breyer whereas I would prefer a justice likely to vote with Scalia and Roberts.” That’s a perfectly good reason to be unhappy with a judicial nominee. Instead, they’re freaking out about her name, about Puerto Rican food, about the idea that she’s bitchy, that she’s benefited from “preferential treatment,” that she must secretly be stupid, that she’s a Klan member, and all kinds of other nonsense that’s only explicable as a hostile reaction to her ethnic background.
Julian Sanchez has more:
ook, it’s not racist to oppose a Latina judicial nominee, or to oppose affirmative action, or to point out genuine evidence of ethnic bias on the part of minorities. What we’re seeing here, though, is people clinging to the belief that Sotomayor has to be some mediocrity who struck the ethnic jackpot, that whatever benefit she got from affirmative action must be vastly more significant than her own qualities, that she’s got to be a harpy boiling with hatred for whitey, however overwhelming the evidence against all these propositions is. This is really profoundly ugly.
When will we start hearing about Sonia's own "Whitey" tape?

Posted by Stephen Silver at June 1, 2009 04:50 PM

Lets not act all high and mighty and pretend that liberal democrats have never bad mouthed a conservative republican. Both parties are equally guilty, but now that conservative bashes a liberal you all act outraged. Don't dish it out if you can't take it.

Posted by: sms516 at June 1, 2009 05:16 PM
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