Just to relieve the negativity of my last post, let me say that it IS possible to find commentary on Judge Sotomayor worth reading. I thought that of the David Brooks piece that The State ran today eminently so.
Now, before you avowed liberals say “of course you think that; he’s a conservative” (just as conservatives like to say the opposite about me), allow me to direct you to his conclusion:
I hope she’s confirmed.
OK, have I got your attention now?
Mr. Brooks, unlike Mr. Toobin, has to overcome the problem that the judge is steeped in the Identity Politics that were all the rage when she and I were in college:
There was no way she was going to get out of that unscarred. And, in fact, in the years since she has given a series of speeches that have made her a poster child for identity politics. In these speeches, race and gender take center stage. It’s not only the one comment about a wise Latina making better decisions than a white male; it’s the whole litany. If you just read these speeches you might come away with the impression that she was a racial activist who is just using the judicial system as a vehicle for her social crusade.
What makes the piece worth reading is Brooks’ explanation of how his own examination of the judge (which is much more extensive than my own, but which he handsomely admits is not his area of expertise) leads him to get past those objections.
I recommend it.