The best part of Frank Rich’s article is that his examples are dead on. Michael Steele’s words are just pure comedy gold.
The hearings were pure “Alice in Wonderland.” Reality was turned upside down. Southern senators who relate every question to race, ethnicity and gender just assumed that their unreconstructed obsessions are America’s and that the country would find them riveting.
Would there be an outcry if she said “a wise experienced insert ethnic background here would be better than a robot”?
The idea of someone actually taking pride in her background (note: I’m also Puerto Rican) and using that background as a strength, why would that be a negative? She was obviously attempting to inspire and I think she succeeded. If that’s the most controversial statement that the opposition is focusing on, then they should have had the hearings in one day.
Judge Sotomayor will make a fine addition to the Supreme Court. The confirmation hearings turned into a farce many years ago.