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Sonia Sotomayor

Justice on the US Supreme Court who'll be having a mostly negative impact on the U.S. for decades. Despite that fact, she was confirmed with little real opposition.

It wouldn't have been that difficult to cause her to withdraw after having been nominated to the Supreme Court, except few others gave it a try.

As far as the GOP was concerned, the fix was in from the beginning as they presented minimal opposition. Fox News and others harped on "wise Latina" but didn't go beyond that and weren't able to make her toxic to her supporters. And, the self-styled "patriots" in the tea parties said absolutely nothing about her.

All of that is despite the fact that her past memberships in the PRLDEF and the National Council of La Raza should have disqualified her.

If you don't like her positions, share the blame between Barack Obama *and* the tea parties, the GOP, and their helpers and enablers.

Last modified Jun 1, 2013
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Supreme Court upholds 2007 Arizona immigration enforcement law; eVerify; losing: US Chamber, DOJ, Berman, NCLR, ADL, SPLC, AILA, SEIU, LULAC - 05/26/11

... to legal documents are here. Sonia Sotomayor voted in dissent; see her name's link. Those who opposed Arizona's law in court and who lost today include the Obama administration's Department of Justice (see Obama immigration) and the US Chamber of Commerce (see their name and this). Others who filed briefs in the case and who lost today include (see each link for more on that group): * Rep....

Supreme Court orders California to release >30,000 prisoners; how much overcrowding due to illegal immigration? (ACLU) - 05/23/11

... mess. UPDATE 2: It's worth noting that Sonia Sotomayor was on the wrong side, and the ruling was 5-4. See the link for who's to blame for her making it to the Supreme Court. 5/29/11 UPDATE: CA state senator Sharon Runner says (link): "there are 20,000 illegal inmates [she means illegal aliens] that the federal government should be taking care of and they’re not. If they take over those 20...

Sotomayor uses "undocumented immigrant" in Supreme Court opinion; never happened before - 12/09/09

From this: In an otherwise dry opinion, Justice Sotomayor did introduce one new and politically charged term into the Supreme Court lexicon. Justice Sotomayor’s opinion in the case, Mohawk Industries v. Carpenter, No. 08-678, marked the first use of the term "undocumented immigrant," according to a legal database. The term "illegal immigrant" has appeared in a dozen decisions. This is a...

Questions for John Fund about the Hispanic vote (Wall Street Journal, Carly Fiorina) - 11/28/09

... "probably" would have voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor, because most presidential Supreme Court nominees who are qualified deserve a presumption of support. One can argue with that position on substantive grounds, but it's probably smart politics in a general election given that California is 37% Hispanic. The great majority of Hispanics in California are Mexican-American (or Mexican). Puerto...

Kos: Republicans must do everything Hispanics want or we won't vote for them (Sotomayor) - 08/08/09

The great Kos speaks (dailykos.com/story/2009/8/7/763043/-It-WAS-an-incredible-day-for-Latinos): We have a wise Latina on the Supreme Court... Pat Buchanan pines for the America of the '50s, but the country has changed, and for the better... And while we Latinos celebrate Associate Justice Sotomayor's accomplishments, we have also take note of who tried to stand in her way... Nine Republicans...

National Council of La Raza promotes radical groups - 08/03/09

Tom Tancredo writes: The National Council of La Raza bills itself as "the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States" who works through "its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations." Among these affiliates are several chapters of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan) who La Raza helps...

Arlen Specter: "wise Latina" was commendable, "nothing wrong with a little ethnic pride" - 07/28/09

... to the infamous comments from Sonia Sotomayor: "I didn't find fault with the 'wise Latina' comment, I find it commendable... There's nothing wrong with a little ethnic pride." Of course, what she said wasn't so much "ethnic pride" as chauvinism or worse. Some forms of ethnic pride are certainly inoffensive. Others aren't, such as being a board member of a far-left racial power group (the PRLDEF...

Ian Millhiser of ThinkProgress lies about anti-Sotomayor ad (Committee for Justice's incompetent ad) - 07/16/09

... attached video shows an anti-Sonia Sotomayor ad from the "Committee for Justice". In response to the ad, Ian Millhiser of ThinkProgress offers "Right-wing group launches TV ad claiming Sotomayor led a terrorist organization" (thinkprogress.org/2009/07/14/sotomayor-cfj): The claim that Sotomayor led a terrorist organization apparently refers to her service on the board of the Puerto Rican Legal...

Sen. Pat Leahy lies about Sonia Sotomayor "wise Latina" statement - 07/16/09

The attached video from the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings has Senator Pat Leahy saying: "You said that, quote, you 'would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would reach wise decisions'". Leahy is lying and doing so outrageously. Here's the accurate version of Sotomayor's famous comment: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her...

How to block Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court - 07/13/09

If many of Sonia Sotomayor's online opponents concentrated on opposing her in effective ways, she might not be confirmed. At the very least, that opposition would deal a blow to the Obama administration and the MSM. Here's how to do it: 1. Find someone to put together one comprehensive, accessible, fully-sourced list of the reasons to oppose her. The audience should be the general public, not...

People for the American Way, TPM begin personal destruction campaign against Frank Ricci (what you can do) - 07/11/09

... firefighter who'll be testifying at the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation (link). In 1995 he sued New Haven over him being rejected from their fire department due to his dyslexia; in the settlement he received attorney's fees and a job with the department. Now, PFAW is referring to his "troubled and litigious work history" and is encouraging reporters to look into that history. One source following...

Sonia Sotomayor's PRLDEF pushed Ricci-style cases, campaigned against Robert Bork - 07/02/09

From this: The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) officially opposed Bork, whose nomination by President Ronald Reagan was rejected by the Senate in 1987, "because of the threat he poses to the civil rights of the Latino community," its president reported in one of several documents from the group that the Senate Judiciary Committee released Wednesday. And, from this:

Sonia Sotomayor dismissed innocent man's case on a technicality, costing him six years in prison - 06/30/09

... Obama of 2nd Circuit Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court is more than alarming to an innocent man who was convicted of murder and spent 16 years in prison before being cleared and released. Jeff Deskovic, whose pursuit of freedom has been chronicled by the New York Times and others, told WND that the last six of those years are directly attributable to decisions endorsed by...

Sotomayor in 1986 found that "men unconsciously discriminate against women" - 06/19/09

... attached video clip featuring Sonia Sotomayor being interviewed on Good Morning America in 1986. In the clip, she says she found that "men unconsciously discriminate against women". If there's something else on this clip of interest, or if someone can find the full version of the interview, please leave a comment. And, for all the dirt on Sotomayor that the GOP is largely ignoring, see her name'...

Kristin Collins/News & Observer misleads about NCLR (Andrea Bazan) - 06/18/09

... former member" (link), about Sonia Sotomayor's membership in the NCLR. If you trust Collins' reporting, please compare her report to my extensive summary of that group on the National Council of La Raza page. You'll discover a large number of things Collins didn't tell you; whether that's because she's completely gullible or because she's in on the game isn't known, but in either case her...

Sonia Sotomayor, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, and more quotes (on PRLDEF board for 12 years) - 06/13/09

This post will round up Sonia Sotomayor's involvement with the far-left, illegal immigration-supporting Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF), nowadays called "LatinoJustice PRLDEF". See below for some of the details on her involvement with that group and even more questionable quotes from her.

Poll: 55% don't yet have opinion of Sotomayor; Hispanics generally in line with everyone else on how GOP should proceed - 06/12/09

... hadn't yet heard enough about Sonia Sotomayor to have an opinion of her, according to a new McClatchy-Ipsos poll. That could be the opportunity that Republicans can exploit by attacking her. Even so, 54 percent said the Senate should confirm her, while only 21 percent said it should not, and one in four Americans isn't yet sure... ...the poll revealed a danger for Republicans: 37 percent of the...

Sonia Sotomayor is member of elite womens-only group (Belizean Grove) - 06/12/09

Sonia Sotomayor is one of the 125 members of the elite, womens-only "Belizean Grove" (belizeangrove.com). More on them here, and from their site: Having observed the power of the Bohemian Grove, a 130-year-old, elite old boys' network of former Presidents, businessmen, military, musicians, academics, and non-profit leaders, and realizing that women didn't have a similar organization, Susan...

Sonia Sotomayor admits she was an "affirmative action baby"; said it's "critical that we promote diversity"; there are "cultural biases built into testing" - 06/11/09

... Times, we might be able to block Sonia Sotomayor. As it is, even Charlie Savage of the NYT offering "Videos Shed New Light on Sotomayor’s Positions" (link) probably won't have much of an impact unless regular citizens - i.e., you - send that article to everyone you know and encourage them to do the same. The way to block her is to turn public opinion against her; the GOP won't do that so we need...

Chuck Schumer: Sotomayor is "within the judicial mainstream" on immigration cases; how far off is he? - 06/08/09

... assigned his staff to analyze how (Sonia Sotomayor) voted in 955 immigration cases in which she has participated throughout her judicial career, with a special focus on cases that involved foreigners trying to win asylum claims in order to remain in the United States. Of the 848 asylum cases in which Sotomayor has taken part, Schumer’s aides say, she sided with the foreigner over the government...

Dave Neiwert is very confused about identity politics (Sotomayor) - 06/06/09

... and Liars offers "We Stand With Sonia Sotomayor" (crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/we-stand-sonia-sotomayor) about a new solidarity campaign for her. When some of the comments others left on the post didn't break his way, Neiwert left a comment of his own: Standing behind her has nothing to do with identity politics. Indeed, it's about refuting white male identity politics -- the primary reason...

WaPo: "Sotomayor Speeches Woven With Ethnicity"; "The Latina in me is an ember that blazes forever"; "sister power" - 06/06/09

Sonia Sotomayor is so deeply enmeshed in far-left concepts like ethnic nationalism that even the Washington Post isn't trying to hide it. Alec MacGillis, Amy Goldstein, and Robert Barnes offer "Sotomayor Speeches Woven With Ethnicity" (link). In the quotes they provide, among other things: she accuses some of those who reviewed her appeals court nomination a decade ago of stereotyping her; she...

Sonia Sotomayor was member of National Council of La Raza from 1998 to 2004 (+Raul Yzaguirre) - 06/05/09

... discussed here over a week ago, Sonia Sotomayor was member of the far-left, illegal activity-supporting, extemist-funding, racist-awarding National Council of La Raza. Now we know that she was a member from 1998 to 2004 (link). That's a long time during which they said and did many interesting things. Yesterday, Harry Reid and former NCLR president Raul Yzaguirre spoke at a press conference: "...

Cecilia Munoz rallies troops at Reform Immigration for America confab (+Deepak Bhargava) - 06/05/09

... he's done right? Crowd: No! * (Sonia Sotomayor) is brilliant, President made choice on the merits. * President signed SCHIP bill with immigrant kids. * President Recovery Act helps Latino and Immigrant community * President commitment to immigration reform has been restated over and over again. * If we are going to clear a pathway for immigration reform, all of us have a lot of work to do. *...

1976: Sotomayor favored Puerto Rican independence, referred to "North American Congress" and "mainland Congress" - 06/05/09

... history professor took a look at Sonia Sotomayor's 1976 Princeton University senior thesis and says it would get an A minus or thereabout. Oh, and also: First, I'm curious as to when Sotomayor ceased being a Puerto Rican nationalist who favors independence -- as she says she does in the preface. (The position, as she points out in the thesis, had received 0.6 percent in a 1967 referendum, the...

Sotomayor repeatedly used "wise woman" or "wise Latina" in speeches - 06/04/09

From this: Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor delivered multiple speeches between 1994 and 2003 in which she suggested "a wise Latina woman" or "wise woman" judge might "reach a better conclusion" than a male judge... A draft version of a October 2003 speech Sotomayor delivered at Seton Hall University stated, "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would,...

NCLR makes hay out of opponents' mistakes (Sotomayor) - 06/03/09

One would think that a group that gave an award to someone who'd proposed genocide wouldn't have much of a chance at beating their opponents. Yet, the National Council of La Raza is in the lucky position that most of their leading opposition doesn't have a clue about that organization or doesn't have a clue about the best way to oppose them. (For those curious, the way to oppose them is simple:...

Sotomayor made "wise woman" comment in 1994; only 19% support her New Haven firefighter decision; Gingrich gets smarter - 06/03/09

In 2001, Sonia Sotomayor made her now-infamous "wise Latina" speech, and since then Barack Obama and Robert Gibbs have tried to walk her back from it, despite the fact that at no time between when she said it and now did she issue any sort of backtrack. Not only that, but back in 1994 she said something highly similar (link); one of the few differences is that she didn't mention her ethnicity,...

Sonia Sotomayor as a "gift" to Obama opponents if they have the guts to exploit it; "poster child of the Left" - 06/01/09

I don't know if Sonia Sotomayor is a "bigot" as Bay Buchanan calls her in "Obama Picks a Bigot for the High Court" (link). Calling her extremely ethno-centric and steeped in identity politics is the better option. However, the ending - aside from the part where she doesn't broaden the opposition to include all Obama opponents - is correct: Sonia Sotomayor is a gift to conservatives. But we must...

Lawyer for far-left LULAC has advice for Republicans re: Sotomayor - 05/31/09

... the opposition response to the Sonia Sotomayor nomination, Luis Vera - National Legal Advisor of the League of United Latin American Citizens says: "The more they personalize their attack, all I can promise you is that the Latino community will raise such a voice across the country, that it'll be many, many, many years before the Republican party can draw Latinos back into their voting block...

NYT: Sotomayors Focus on Race Issues May Be Hurdle (laying the groundwork for her withdrawal?) - 05/30/09

David Kirkpatrick of the New York Times offers "Sotomayor’s Focus on Race Issues May Be Hurdle" (link). Kremlin watchers are invited to speculate on whether they're trying to get those issues out of the way now, whether they're trying to give her an easy pretext to withdraw, or something else. Judge Sotomayor, whose parents moved to New York from Puerto Rico, has championed the importance of...

Hispanic GOP strategists shocked enough by anti-Sotomayor comments to help Democrats (Lionel Sosa) - 05/30/09

Lionel Sosa from MATT.org and other groups is an extremely ethnocentric GOP advertising consultant who worked on presidential campaigns by George W Bush and others. In 2007, he crossed over and supported Bill Richardson because, as he said at the time, "Blood runs thicker than politics". When the Richardson thing didn't work out, he switched to working for John McCain. Not only that, but in...

Sonia Sotomayor is/was member of National Council of La Raza (far-left, supports illegal activity) - 05/27/09

... profile of US Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor from 2000 [1] confirms that she was as of that year a member of the far-left National Council of La Raza, a racial power group that - while considered mainstream by the Beltway establishment - funds extremists and constantly goes out of their way to support illegal immigration. See the last link for our extensive coverage of that group going...

Some Hispanic leaders not 100% happy with Sotomayor being Puerto Rican, not Mexican-American - 05/27/09

Oh what a tangled web they weave when first they start to play ethnic politics and assume that all Hispanics think alike despite country of origin. Daniel Gonzalez and Erin Kelly of the Arizona Republic offer "Hispanics laud choice, but many hoped for a Mexican-American" (link). Considering that in Arizona there are, per the article, "1.6 million Latinos of Mexican ancestry, compared with 28,524...

Sonia Sotomayor: affirmative action nominee for Supreme Court? Close to far-left Puerto Rico extremists? - 05/26/09

[SEE THE UPDATES] Judge Sonia Sotomayor is Barack Obama's choice to replace David Souter on the US Supreme Court. Weak GOP talking points are here; Peter Baker and Jeff Zeleny (remember him?) have the New York Times' take here. Was she selected only because of her outstanding grasp of legal issues? Or, was at least part of the selection due to the fact that she's a woman and a Hispanic? Were...