This bears repeating. From Powerline blog:
This what Judge Sonia Sotomayor said in defense of her infamous “wise latina” comments, (emphasis added)
I want to state up front, unequivocally and without doubt, I do not believe that any ethnic, racial or gender group has an advantage in sound judging. I do believe that every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge regardless of their background or life experiences.
What — the words that I use, I used agreeing with the sentiment that Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was attempting to convey. I understood that sentiment to be what I just spoke about, which is that both men and women were equally capable of being wise and fair judges.
Here are her initial remarks, (emphasis added)
Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, a possibility I abhor less or discount less than my colleague Judge Cedarbaum, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging. Justice O’Connor has often been cited as saying that a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases. I am not so sure Justice O’Connor is the author of that line since Professor Resnik attributes that line to Supreme Court Justice Coyle. I am also not so sure that I agree with the statement. First, as Professor Martha Minnow has noted, there can never be a universal definition of wise. Second, I would 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.
Now, I’m not going to get all up in arms about Sotomayor. I don’t really expect Obama to nominate anyone that I approve of and she’d be replacing Souter, so I wouldn’t expect the balance of the court to shift appreciably should she ultimately be confirmed.
However, as noted at Powerline blog, this is a rather breathtaking example of dishonesty. Is it isolated? Possibly. But it’s difficult to parse this as anything other than brazen pandering.