December 22, 2009

"I can’t tell you the number of people who come up to me and hug and kiss me and touch me, and some of them in tears."

"I wish there was a way of keeping that without the commercialization of me. Because when I spoke my words I spoke them freely, and I never intended for people to make money off them, because that seems wrong to me."

The words were "Wise Latina."

36 comments:

dbp said...

There is something cosmically funny about being lionised for a statement so dumb it came closest to derailing her nomination.

pm317 said...

Does not sound so wise, does it? Another narcissist looks like. You shoot for the moon, you make a dumb statement, opponents will pick on you. Where is the commercialization in that?

Skyler said...

She will never be very important. She doesn't change the makeup of the court, she merely extends it a bit. She has now extended her own perverted and bigoted view of ethnicity to being something she thinks is a good thing.

EDH said...

I'm guessing she has more lesbian "groupies" than male heterosexual ones.

David said...

Shows how out of touch with the world she is. Plus, who cares? Why in the world does she care? She ought to have a little chat with Justice Thomas.

Freeman Hunt said...

And really, who doesn't have a favorite Supreme Court Justice who they swoon and cry over?

Freeman Hunt said...

I mean, you go to a Con Law conference where some Supremes show up and when they leave, their hotel suites are just littered with booze and groupies. It's a pretty wild life.

traditionalguy said...

After reading the fluff article, I thought "so what, she is a nice person". The derision towards her acting like a nice person instead of acting like a bandito Mexicano invader is the mystery here. What is it about a real Hispanic woman the brings out the derision knives? Are the conservatives angry at her conduct like the liberals are mad at Clarence Thomas's conduct...for no known reason at all.

Sofa King said...

Just another station on our slide to depotism. Government officials are idolized and business owners are scorned. But only one produces the wealth of nations.

Shanna said...

The derision towards her acting like a nice person instead of acting like a bandito Mexicano invader is the mystery here.

What derision? This article was pretty much “newly famous person weirded out by the attention”. Meh.

rhhardin said...

It’s a truism that’s crystal clear to anyone who writes about law and lawyers for a living: federal appellate judges are noteworthy and important — rock stars in their own right — but Supreme Court justices are on a different level.

Clunky writers may be attracted to the law.

Maguro said...

Typical mushy thinking from an intellectual lightweight. On the bright side, she'll probably do less damage to the country than a more qualified liberal judge would.

Lem said...

Llegamos a GA ace una hora. Yo no he dormido.

We made good time except for an accident in VA.

A little latin lingo from Lem ;)

Skyler said...

What is it about a real Hispanic woman the brings out the derision knives?

It's the fact that she thinks being hispanic makes her special. It doesn't. And as a jurist that's a bad thing to think.

AllenS said...

Gag me with a la cuchara.

How's that, Lem?

Salamandyr said...

It's the fact that she thinks being hispanic makes her special.

Not just her race, but she also displays the same type of banal, narcissistic, morning show feminism that infests middle class American life, that women are just inherently more "special" than men.

It's rather depressing to see someone of such stature fall back on the same sort of cliche self congratulation used to sell household cleaning products.

edutcher said...

The woman has delusions of adequacy.

Freeman Hunt said...

The funny thing isn't her, it's the crying people coming up to her.

Henry said...

I thought that was what Julius Caeser called Calpurnia.

bagoh20 said...

Funny how things like race and gender are allowed to make you better than the other, but never worse. Of course, that's logically and mathematically impossible, but I can't presume to argue with one of the best legal minds in the world. After all I'm a member of the race and sex that is not special.

TMink said...

Of course she thinks she is better because she is Latin. Every group but most white people think they are better than every other group.

White people are just offended when we see the other groups acting normal and thinking they are the best. That has been hounded out of white people, with no serious loss so far as I can see.


Now we should hound it out of everyone else.

Trey

ricpic said...

Making money is a b-a-a-a-d thing. Stealing it on the other hand.....

MayBee said...

I mean, you go to a Con Law conference where some Supremes show up and when they leave, their hotel suites are just littered with booze and groupies. It's a pretty wild life.

Ha Freeman! So true.
There's a rumor the Supreme Court doesn't want televised coverage because the proceedings are often interrupted by women throwing their panties at the bench.

And Nina Tottenberg sometimes rushes the stage.

bagoh20 said...

Race is like most other personal characteristics: if you need to tell everyone how it makes you special, then you probably feel it's a weakness. If you actually posses a truly superior quality, don't have to tell everyone to "give me my props". Leaving it to be self-evident is true confidence.

vbspurs said...

Funny how things like race and gender are allowed to make you better than the other, but never worse.

BINGO.

What Bagoh wrote is exactly my incomprehension about emphasising race (or ethnicity) in any way. It's one thing of being proud of her country's origins -- land is something very personal, not to mention the culture which sprang from it.

But by touting "Hispanic" or "Latina", it should be as egregious as someone being proud of being "Caucasian" or "European". The latter is clearly something only a white Supremacist would emphasise -- and I do not understand the double standard of the opposite not evoking the same reaction.

Cheers,
Victoria

Shanna said...

The funny thing isn't her, it's the crying people coming up to her.

Indeed. I’m glad she realizes that that is weird.

traditionalguy said...

The race we call Hispanic can be caucasian tracing ancestry back to Spain. Or it can be Aztec tracing ancestry back to Montezuma's empire. My wife teaches at a college with many variations of racial ancestry among her students. We meet them at restaurants and and stores and speak to them and their families ( The wife is very popular). Some of her students look like Montezuma's direct offspring in facial features. And these are a very sweet and intelligent people who raise their children with love and a sense of family and tradition. What's to hate about that?

Freeman Hunt said...

What's to hate about that?

What are you writing about? Who hates Hispanic people?

Shanna said...

Who hates Hispanic people?

Nobody hear has expressed anything in that vein, nor was it in the article. I'm not sure what tradguy is talking about either.

Shanna said...

Gah, HERE.

From Inwood said...

Sing it:

Don't cry for me, Puerto Rico....

jgm said...

Screw the racial crap. Anyone who describes herself as "wise" deserves the ol' hairy eyeball.
Any of you think you're "wise," and willing to say so? Yuck.

Freeman Hunt said...

Anyone who describes herself as "wise" deserves the ol' hairy eyeball.

Well, that ruins my plans for a "Wise WASP" t-shirt.

(Oh well, Catholic nowadays anyway.)

Skyler said...

Talking about hairy eyeballs and Sotomayer at the same time seems a more appropriate than should be.

And that's fair to say after the hagiographic photographic treatment she got from Time making her look like a blushing 16 year old.

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