Dems: Circling the judicial wagons

President Barack Obama personally sought to deflect criticism of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor yesterday. The federal appeals court judge has found 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.

Also rallying to her defense, Obama’s spokesman, Robert Gibbs, told reporters about Sotomayor: “I think she’d say that her word choice in 2001 was poor.”

When pressed, Gibbs, said he did not hear that from Sotomayor directly. He said he learned it from people who had talked to her, and he did not identify who those people were. Sotomayor herself has made no public statements since her nomination became official Tuesday and was not able to be reached for comment.

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3 Responses to Dems: Circling the judicial wagons

  1. Justin says:

    Ah, but now the GOP is being warned not to associate Sotomayor’s racist comments with racism!

    Can you imagine the uproar and the resulting trouncing and then ultimate dismissal of any white male nominee who said anything even remotely akin to this biased statement of hers? He would be yesterday’s news in a hot second, and rightly so. She gets a pass and then some.

  2. SherriAZ says:

    At the very minimum this woman should be apologizing to the American people and especially to whites. If a white nominee had many any similar comment he or she would be immediately asked to withdraw by every minority organization in the country. Sharpton would be all over the news and either La Raza or the Black Panthers- dependent upon which minority was mentioned-would be taking over the streets.

    She is definitely not fit to be a Justice of our highest court and the Republicans will miss a great opportunity to grow a spine if they don’t fight her nomination. Minorities are loving this, figuring that “whitey” is getting comeuppance. First this nomination with the taint of racism involving the white firefighters and now the refusal to pursue the case against the jackbooted Black Panthers. B.O. is doing more to end peaceful race relations in this country than any other president. Watch for increasing strain and violence thanks to his policies and decisions.

    We must take Congress back from the Dems in 2010 and remove B.O. from office in 2012.

  3. RA says:

    The intricacies of language and deliberation given to meaning should be paramount considerations for someone in Sotomayor’s position, not handicaps.

    In the confirmation hearings Republicans should cite any Democrat statements used to sandbag previous conservative judicial appointments, first crediting the initial source of the question by name and describing the circumstance in which the statement was made. Furthermore the Republican Party should encourage thorough coverage of the hearings and publish the transcript of the deliberations.