Sonia Sotomayor: Miss Affirmative Action, 2009

Having lost the

Congress in 2006
and the

White House in 2008
, Republicans are looking to
redefine themselves for a nation that still leans
conservative but is less Republican that it has been in

The nomination
of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court
presents just such an opportunity. For, even if the
party loses the battle and Sotomayor sits on the court,
it can win the war, as Ronald Reagan won the

Panama Canal
debate, even as Senate Republicans
committed collective suicide by voting to give away the

What are the
grounds for rejecting Sonia Sotomayor?

No one has
brought forth the slightest evidence she has the
intellectual candlepower to sit on the Roberts court. By

her own admission
, Sotomayor is an

action baby

Though the Obama
media have been ballyhooing her brilliance—No. 1 in high
school, No. 1 at Princeton,

of Yale
Law Review
—her academic career appears to have been
a fraud from beginning to end, a testament to

Ivy League corruption.

Two weeks ago,
The New York Times

that, to get up to speed on her English
skills at Princeton, Sotomayor was advised to read
children`s classics and study basic grammar books during
her summers. How do you graduate first in your class at
Princeton if your summer reading consists of
"Chicken Little"
and "The Troll
Under the Bridge"

In video clips
dating back 25 years, and now provided to the Senate
Judiciary Committee, Sotomayor, according to the
Times, even
calls herself an
"affirmative action product."

"The clips include lengthy remarks about her
experiences as an `affirmative action baby,` whose lower
test scores were overlooked by admissions committees at
Princeton University and Yale Law School because, she
said, she is Hispanic and had grown up in poor

"If we had gone through the traditional numbers route
of those institutions,"

says Sotomayor,
"it would have been highly questionable if I would have been accepted.
… My test scores were not comparable to that of my
Shed New Light on Sotomayor`s Positions
By Charlie Savage, June 10, 2009]

Thus, Sotomayor

got into Princeton
, got her No. 1 ranking, was
whisked into Yale Law School and made editor of the
Yale Law Review—all
because she was a Hispanic woman. And those two Ivy
League institutions cheated more deserving students of
what they had worked a lifetime to achieve, for reasons
of race, gender or ethnicity.

This is bigotry
pure and simple. To salve their consciences for past
societal sins, the Ivy League is deep into
discrimination again, this time with white males as
victims rather than as beneficiaries.

One prefers the
old bigotry. At least it was honest, and not, as Abraham
Lincoln observed, adulterated with
base alloy of hypocrisy

As the
Times reports,
on the tapes, Sotomayor rejects
"the proposition
that minorities must become advocates of

`selection by
merit alone.
She said diversity improved the legal system."

"`Since I have difficultly defining
merit and what merit alone means, and … whether it`s
judicial or otherwise, I accept that different
experiences, in and of itself, bring merit to the
system,` she said, adding, `I think it brings to the
system more of a sense of fairness when these litigants
see people like myself on the bench."

What does the
latest Times revelation tell us?

That were it not
for Ivy League dishonesty, Sotomayor would not have
gotten into Princeton, would never have been ranked
first in her class, would not have gotten into Yale Law,
nor been named editor of
Yale Law Review,
and thus would not be a U.S. appellate court judge today
or a nominee to the Supreme Court.

Indeed, the
White House itself leaked that the final four court
candidates were all women and Sotomayor was picked
because she was a Latina. One wonders how many superior
students and judges have been passed over to advance
Sonia Sotomayor`s career?

From college
days to court days, that career reflects, in word and
deed, a determination to use any power she achieves to
create a society where the demands of diversity

triumph over
the ideal of equal justice under law.
For Sotomayor, the

advancement of people of color over white males

senators should use this Sotomayor nomination to put
affirmative action in the dock for what it is—race-based
bigotry against white males so that persons of color can
receive the rewards of society that they could not win
in free and fair competition.

Lay out the
Sotomayor record—SAT scores, LSAT scores, bar exam
score, law review articles and her opinions—so that we
can see up close what

those who eviscerated Robert Bork
regard as academic
and judicial excellence.

No need for

Just lay out the
lady`s opinions and record, so that, if she is elevated,
Americans can say: Barack Obama voted against Chief
Justice Roberts because Roberts could not measure up to
Sonia Sotomayor, his

ideal of what a justice ought to be



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