"I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life." -- S. Sotomayor, October 2001
I really don't even know where to start with this quote. Besides the fact that it is just nonsense, why would she even hope that it is true in the first place? Because she is Latina? Because she thinks that white guys are not good judges? Maybe it is quotes like this that led people to question her intellect. However, this is a perfect representation of the liberal mindset. The individual doesn't matter. What matters is whether the individual belongs to a class that can be exploited for political gain. Think about this in conjunction with the Democratic party attack on Jeff Sessions (that he is a racist). and then ask yourself what would happen if a Republican judicial nominee had said, "I would hope that a wise white man with the richness of his experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a [insert aggrieved minority class here] who hasn’t lived that life"? It is safe to say the left would be outrageously outraged, as they should be. But it is no less ridiculous than Sotomayor's quote, which will receive zero outrage from the left. In fact, they probably agree.
Update: In thinking more about this, I began to wonder, putting aside whether it affects one's ability to be a good judge, why one experience is necessarily 'richer' than another. Is it necessarily a richer experience to come from poverty than middle or upper class? Or is it necessarily a richer experience to be a minority? Sotomayor seems to think so, and Obama's quotes on judges would imply that he agrees as well. I think it is ingrained in us to believe this is so, but I am not so sure that it is true. I am even more skeptical that a rich experience necessarily makes one a better judge. This being said, I think this 'rich experience' narrative is going to be vital to Obama in getting a justice confirmed because the public disagrees with his view on judges.