The XX Factor

What About Sotomayor’s Underlying Sentiment?

You’re right, Hanna. The White House, and Sotomayor, too, by agreeing to the walk back , are giving the “wise Latina” mini-fracas more air, not less. Her speech sparked an interesting and even vital discussion this week about the value of having judges with different life experiences on the bench. Now we move to hedging and hemming and hawing? I’ll ask the next question they’d all be better off not spending the weekend fielding: OK, so if her word choice was poor, does she still believe in the idea she was expressing?