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Jarrett: Sotomayor's Background Made Her 'Perfect Choice' for Court

By Ben Pershing
How much did President Obama take Sonia Sotomayor's background into account before deciding to nominate her to the Supreme Court? In an interview with the Washington Post's Lois Romano for the "Voices of Power" series, Valerie Jarrett made clear that Sotomayor's biography was a big part of what made her "absolutely the perfect choice" for the slot.

After outlining Sotomayor's professional record, Jarrett laid out the narrative that the judge and her supporters will present during her confirmation hearings. "So you put it all together," Jarrett said, "and then you add to this, this extraordinary American story of growing up so poor in South Bronx and having her father who died at such a young age and seeing her mother work two jobs to help both she and her ... brother go to school, and her brother is now this successful physician, and it really, it's the American dream."

An emphasis on Sotomayor's background leads inevitably to a debate about "empathy" and about her best-known perceived gaffe, her reference to "a wise Latina" reaching "a better conclusion" on the bench than a white male. While the White House has already acknowledged Sotomayor's poor choice of words, Jarrett defended the comment.

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At issue is a 2001 statement in which Sotomayor expressed hope that a "wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."

Sotomayor is a racist, is she going to be a justice for all of us or just a justice for a few of us ?


Posted by: fan2lee1 | June 1, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

The worrying thing is that with Sonia Sotomayor it would make 6 Roman Catholics on the Supreme Court.

So at least 6 Judges will believe in the mumbo jumbo of the scriptures which is based on nothing but fantasies ,the existence of a supreme being who created all the Universal Galaxies but took time off to create everything on Earth and later even to visit Earth as a human etc etc..

How many of these Judges might consider Religion as a gigantic fraud but "good politics" and "would never say it ?

Still we must remember that it was just a couple of generations ago that "Christians" in America would use the time between Sunday school and the regular church service to perform lynchings on black Americans ? ? ? ?

And then that Christian Crusader in the White House claimed"divine inspiration from his higher power" --- invaded Iraq and today we have (according to ICH ) -------1,331,578 dead Iraqis and over 4,000 dead Americans as a result..

Posted by: mathewneville | June 1, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse


The Obama administration's willingness to embrace the Bush era's "extrajudicial targeting and punishment network" -- in the absence of aggressive action to reverse Bush administration policies that have eroded civil and human rights -- makes a mockery of the right of due process under the law.

A federally-funded vigilante army continues to use covertly implanted GPS tracking "beacons" to stalk and persecute unjustly "targeted" American citizens and their families.

And microwave radiation "directed energy weapons" degrade the minds and bodies of their "targets"... "American Gestapo" hiding in plain sight, the creation of a "multi-agency" coordinated array of secret federal programs spawned or expanded under Bush-Cheney.

Is Team Obama naive, misinformed as to the mission and methods of this nationwide, neo-brownshirt apparatus...

...or is the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice surrendering to the iron will of "Dr. Strangeloves" within by refusing to investigate victim complaints?

The subject should be raised during Sotomayor's confirmation hearings.

Please, Team Obama, read this:

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 1, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

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