Just a friendly reminder of the left's prior attitude toward identity politics before the Sotomayor fight gets underway. Courtesy of New Majority, here is Biden on Justice Thomas:
"I think that the only reason Clarence Thomas is on the Court is because he is black. I don't believe he could have won had he been white. And the reason is, I think it was a cynical ploy by President Bush."
Surely Sotomayor's status as a Latino and a Women had nothing to do with her pick? Right? Right?
"So please respect those who choose to oppose the President’s Supreme Court nominee by refraining from empty “party of NO’ rhetoric and name calling. For example, before you call anyone a racist, consider the leaked Democratic Judiciary Committee memos that revealed that opposition to D.C. Circuit nominee Miguel Estrada was based on fear that he would eventually become the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice."