After taking a lot of heat from conservatives over part of a speech Sonia Sotomayor gave in 2001, the White House said yesterday that she misspoke.
From the Politico
The White House moved Friday to try to tamp down a swirling controversy over a 2001 speech in which Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor suggested that Hispanic women make better judges than white men.
“I’m sure she would have restated it,” President Barack Obama said in an interview with NBC News, referring to Sotomayor’s speech that was later reprinted in a law journal. “But if you look in the entire sweep of the essay that she wrote what’s clear is she was simply saying that her life experiences will give information about the struggle, the hardships that people are going through, that will make her a good judge.
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs went a little further, saying, “I think she’d say that her word choice in 2001 was poor.”
“She was simply making the point that personal experiences are relevant to the process of judging, that your personal experiences . . .have a tendency to make you more aware of certain facts in certain cases, that your experiences impact your understanding.”
Sotomayor’s provocative comment came in a lengthy address she gave to a University of California, Berkeley conference on Latinos in the judiciary.
“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” said Sotomayor, whose parents came from Puerto Rico.
If the conservatives think that this statement is enough to derail her nomination then they are living in a fantasy world.