Here’s the thing- I don’t really think that the Republicans have much to go on to nail Sotomayor and oppose her candidacy for the Supreme Court. Their points of attack are less than stellar, and unfortunately have the effect of seeming peevish and partisan.
I think this self-styled “wise Latina” may have misspoke with her one-time racist comment, but I don’t think she’s inherently racist, even with her ruling on the firefighter case.
I have issues, however, with her empathy.
Yes. I know- I’m a practicing Christian, shouldn’t empathy be at the top of my list? Sure. When dealing with the poor, when deciding to help a homeless man, when wondering how to best debate a friend on social isues. Empathy. What you do for the least of these, etc.
Empathy is one of those ideas that sounds great, theoretically. Identifying with someone is one of the most amazing things a human can do…putting oneself second- thinking of another first. And when you’re awash in this relativist culture, empathy can be a boon to understanding each other, and making strides towards action.
But when dealing with what should be an impartial Supreme Court bench? Not so much. Obama touted her empathy, and yet- is that really what we want? Empathy is all fine and good when it serves your outcome- when the judge looks with empathy on your case and decides in your favor- but how about when his/her empathy goes the other way?
So bah humbug and no thanks. I like my justice blind, thanks, and my judges impartial. Even if she’s a wise Latina like me. 😉