More Polls...Americans Not As Eager To Shut Gitmo As We've Been Led To Believe | Main | Sarah Palin...Hey, You Know The Little Rock Murder Isn't Exactly Getting The Same Attention As The Tiller Case
June 02, 2009

Pat Leahy: Sotomayor Stands By "Wise Latina" Remark Update: Not So Much

Above the post update:

MSNBC took down the original article I linked to and has replaced it with this one. The new post changes the context of the "None whatsoever" quote.

Leahy told reporters he's usually reluctant to discuss his private conversations with the press, but got clearance from Sotomayor to talk about her answer to the question, which has sparked controversy.

"I asked her if she had any problem with me referring to her answer. And she said, 'None whatsoever," Leahy told reporters.

Leahy said her answer to the Latina statement was this: "What she said was, of course, one's life experience shapes who you are. But ultimately and completely -- she used those words -- ultimately and completely as a judge you follow the law. There's not one law for one race or another. There's not one law for one color or another."

This is still a bit of a non-sequitor. The problem is she said Latina's can reach better decisions than white men, not whether or not there's "one law for one color or another".

That idea should be explored during the confirmation hearing.

As for, mistakes happen but trying to hide them with no acknowledgment is pretty crappy. It is however par for the course for an organization that employs Keith Olbermann.

I didn't screen grab the original MSNBC post but I did grab the Google News search. You can see them here.

Original Post

Well, this certainly is getting interesting.

In a news conference moments ago with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT), he told reporters that he asked Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor whether she had any problems with her statement about a Latina woman reaching better conclusions than a white male.

"She said, 'None whatsoever,'" Leahy recounted to reporters. "What she said was of course one's life experience shapes who you are. But ultimately and completely -- she used those words -- ultimately and completely as a judge, you follow the law."

This will likely come as news to Obama.

President Barack Obama on Friday personally sought to deflect criticism of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, who finds herself under intensifying scrutiny for saying in 2001 that a female Hispanic judge would often reach a better decision than a white male judge. "I'm sure she would have restated it," Obama flatly told NBC News, without indicating how he knew that.

This is the great thing about judicial nominees, they aren't political pros and yet they are suddenly thrown into one of the most political processes our country has. She didn't take the hint Obama and Gibbs offered about toning down this remark. Hopefully she will be just as candid in her confirmation hearing.

digg this
posted by DrewM. at 12:38 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
Fox2!: "Mother of Perseus? ..."

Someguy: "So it's a Rembrandt, but idk the subject matter. ..."

Bruce: "Husband hasn't bought her a Peloton ..."

Insomniac : "Hmmm. A little time on a Peloton wouldn't hurt. ..."

tubal: "Now that is art. I know art when I see art. ..."

saf: " Geez the Whites can't even keep an Island witho ..."

The Watcher: "[i]Christians are. Churches tend not to be, in my ..."

Anna Puma: "A little Reubenesque with some soft lighting. ..."

LASue: " Thanks JackStraw. ..."

grammie winger: "Not been to a what's happening now Evangelical Lob ..."

BignJames: "Hoy! ..."

joe, living dangerously: "a nood nood ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64