The Last Word on Sonia Sotomayor’s ‘Character Problem’

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NPR:

The subject of the Supreme Court nominee’s judicial temperament has so far been raised by just one senator, Lindsay Graham (R-SC).

“There’s a character problem; there’s a temperament problem,” says Graham.

Referring to the comments in the Almanac, Graham went on:

“I just don’t like bully judges,” Graham says. “There are some judges that have an edge, that do not wear the robe well. I don’t like that. From what I can tell of her temperament and demeanor, she seems to be a very nice person. [Supreme Court Justice Antonin] Scalia is no shrinking violet. He’s tough, but there’s a difference between being tough and a bully.”

Indeed. A big difference (ok, not necessarily big, but…):

Judge Guido Calabresi, former Yale Law School dean and Sotomayor’s mentor, now says that when Sotomayor first joined the Court of Appeals, he began hearing rumors that she was overly aggressive, and he started keeping track, comparing the substance and tone of her questions with those of his male colleagues and his own questions.

“And I must say I found no difference at all. So I concluded that all that was going on was that there were some male lawyers who couldn’t stand being questioned toughly by a woman,” Calabresi says. “It was sexism in its most obvious form.”

‘Nuff said.

h/t Ann Friedman via Twitter.

One Response to “The Last Word on Sonia Sotomayor’s ‘Character Problem’”

  1. JohnHolmes says:

    Affirmative action baby Soto admits it in NYT video:
    http://video.nytimes.com/video/playlist/politics/1194811622221/index.html#1194840843283
    She thrives on Identity Politics and being an agitator her whole life, even filing Federal Complaints against the 2 schools (Princeton, Yale) which gave her a free ride:
    http://sweetness-light.com/archive/sotomayor-began-race-baiting-at-19

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