Scraping The Bottom of Barrel


So far the criticisms of Sonia Sotomayor are much more revealing about her conservative critics than they are about her. I flagged Sen. Inhofe’s statement yesterday. Here are some new morsels from the right:

National Review Online‘s Mark Krikorian: “Putting the emphasis on the final syllable of Sotomayor is unnatural in English… and insisting on an unnatural pronunciation is something we shouldn’t be giving in to.”

Weekly Standard‘s Michael Goldfarb: “Obama seems to have the views of a 21-year-old Hispanic girl — that is, only by having a black president, an Hispanic justice, a female secretary of State, and Bozo the Clown as vice president will the United States become a true ‘vanguard of societal ideas and changes.'”

Meanwhile, MSNBC’s Monica Novotny just flayed Curt Levey, one of the anti-Sotomayor talking heads a few minutes ago. Levey foundered around until he grasped ahold of the Jeffrey Rosen TNR piece on Sotomayor that, curiously, Rosen hasn’t been anywhere on TV to defend.

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