CQ: Sotomayor repeatedly made “wise woman”/”wise Latina” remarks in speeches
Then again, like Slublog says, who among us has not misspoken the exact same phrase dozens of times?
Here’s an excerpt from the Congressional Quarterly’s “Legal Beat” blog:
A draft version of a October 2003 speech Sotomayor delivered at Seton Hall University stated, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion.” That is identical to her October 2001 remarks at the University of California, Berkeley that have become the subject of intense criticism by Republican senators and prompted conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh to label her “racist.”
In addition, Sotomayor delivered a series of earlier speeches in which she said “a wise woman” would reach a better decision. She delivered the first of those speeches in Puerto Rico in 1994 and then before the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York in April 1999.
Remember how Barack Obama tried to defend Sotomayor’s “wise” comment from 2001 by saying, “I’m sure she would have restated it”? Yeah, pretty sure that defense isn’t going to work anymore…