Laugh if you will at Newt Gingrich’s European tweets, but they’re having an effect.
Some political and communications experts are urging the White House to shift course and concede that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor made an error when she suggested in 2001 that Hispanic women would make better judges than white men.
“She misspoke,” said Lanny Davis, a White House lawyer and spokesman for President Bill Clinton. “Every day that goes by that they don’t say she misspoke and she used the wrong words…..they just feed it and give it life and give Rush [Limbaugh] and [Sean] Hannity more airtime unnecessarily.”
The piece also quotes University of Virginia politics professor Larry Sabato:
“Explain that she simply meant to say that we are all a product of our unique backgrounds and experiences, and that those backgrounds and experiences inform our decisions. But no one’s gender or ethnic background inherently leads to superior decisions. It would be refreshing to hear a Supreme Court nominee say, ‘I’m not perfect. I made a mistake here.’”
CNN is now out there with a similar line of thought:
For all her experience and accomplishments, the Senate confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor could hinge on one sentence she uttered more than seven years ago.
Sonia Sotomayor’s opponents are attacking a 2001 remark she made at the University of California, Berkeley.
The sentence constitutes 32 words of the almost 4,000 she delivered during a speech at the University of California, Berkeley. Read by itself, it seems to imply that Latina women make better judges than white men.
“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,” she said….
Also, the New York Times now reports that Sotomayor has picked up her first “nay” vote, from Republican Pat Roberts of Kansas.
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