Overruled


Sometimes, It’s Just Racism
May 6, 2009, 5:51 pm
Filed under: Ian | Tags: ,

Brian Beutler tracks the smear campaign which claims that Judge Sonia Sotomayor, a possible candidate for the Supreme Court, is “dumb and obnoxious.”  I totally get each link in his chain; the smear traveled from former Second Circuit clerks (who may have clerked for a right-wing judge hostle to Sotomayor), to Jeff Rosen, to the National Review, to mainstream publications like The Atlantic and the Washington Post.

Except that I don’t get Beutler’s last link, the claim that this video from David Letterman is a consequence of this smear campaign:

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Admittedly, this is just a brief clip from Letterman’s monologue.  Maybe he led up to this clip with some misguided comments about how Judge Sotomayor is a hothead, but it sure looks to me that the only thing he has to say is 1) Sotomayor is a judge, 2) Sotomayor is Latina, and 3)  therefore she must be some kind of hot-blooded, Spanish-speaking Judge Judy.

Maybe Letterman has been reading the attacks on Sotomayor, and he thought he was making just a joke at her expense—not at the expense of Latinas in general.  Based on the above clip, however, I can’t describe it as anything other than racist.

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