Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sotomeyer and Obama Contaminated by Affirmative Action

Pretty ballsy. He looks me right in the eyes and out and out lies to me. Just because Brian Williams seems to enjoy being insulted, abused and spat upon doesn’t mean that I like it. The teleprompter might tell Obama that Williams represents America. But he does not. And that foolish notion is just going to render Obama out of touch and too audacious.
This is at the root of what is the problem with both Obama and Sotomeyer. They are both products of affirmative action. They both got super fantastic grades and headed law review. Both of them are smart, well spoken and reasonably capable. But the lefty ideology of their college professors and law school professors dictated that students of identified protected minority groups who met the so-so standards that these two met should be made examples of. They had to be flung to the top of their classes to prove to the world that what lefties say about their sacrosanct groups is true. So, no matter what they do they get the anti-gentleman’s A+. Therefore they enter the world thinking whatever they do is A+ work.
But you have Obama who raises quickly from office to office without ever having mastered what was involved in any office along the way. His main skill is smiling while fools draw near to tell him how wonderful he is. He is better than average at delivering a speech. But the speeches are nothing to write home about. They are boring, empty off shoots of some forgotten Onanistic endeavor. He has achieved nothing. Even though he has spent years as a legislator he was never in one office long enough to forge allegiances, identify needed legislation and write it and make it happen. That would require a concern and knowledge about his constituents that would not have been able to coexist with his obsession with getting ahead. Now we have a president who truly believes he knows what he’s doing but could not possibly have a clue.
And he’s trying to hire an affirmative action judge. There seems to be no limit to how highly she thinks of herself and the magic power of her Latina-ness. But all reports seem to indicate that she is at the lower end of adequate for the position she presently holds. Maybe that’s why she looks down on white males: it’s a way of compensating for the frequency with which they reverse her decisions. And I have the impression that she would prefer not to publish her opinions. Barry O. must have felt his heart leap at her being a kindred spirit in that area.
UPDATE May 31,2009 at 0715
Ace of Spades HQ has a post pointing out that that Sotomeyer does not even meet the minimum ABA criteria to be a judge. (I suspect this does not matter to the ABA since she is an affirmative action grad and judge.) Much of what Ace says is from a post by a guy (and lawyer) who calls himself Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere. But Ace nails it in a short space so I'm just giving a couple of quotes from him which takes up the remainder of this space.

He points out that her statements are not only overtly and breathtakingly racist, as we have been arguing, but also that they violate the American Bar Association's Model Code of Judicial Conduct.
From BiW's caption of the commentary to Canon 1 of the Code:
"Deference to the judgments and rulings of courts depends upon public confidence in the integrity and independence of judges. The integrity and independence of judges depends in turn upon their acting without fear or favor. A judiciary of integrity is one in which judges are known for their probity, fairness, honesty, uprightness, and soundness of character. An independent judiciary is one free of inappropriate outside influences."
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However, there's no doubt about the 'favor' of this judge; that she believes white men to be inferior to her. That her ethnicity and background somehow convey upon her a greater natural ability to adjudicate. Why not also say that her ethnicity and gender also convey upon her a heightened natural ability to pick lettuce? Because that would be just as racist. This person has told us in no uncertain terms that she is not inspiring. Not intelligent.
Not judicial material.
He also quotes this part of the code regarding the appearance of impropriety.
"The test for appearance of impropriety is whether the conduct would create in reasonable minds a perception that the judge’s ability to carry out judicial responsibilities with integrity, impartiality and competence is impaired."
Well, besides her aforementioned OVERT, OBVIOUS, AND PRECISELY ENUNCIATED RACISM, there's this.
That she believes appellate courts are "where policy is made."
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Which hardly inspires the confidence of people bringing cases before her, as they will (quite reasonably) believe that she will use any opportunity to use cases to shape policy in a leftward direction, rather than judge their cases fairly and according to established law. Thus eroding the public trust and confidence in the judiciary. Which according to the Code, is a major no-no.

UPDATE May 31 1:00 PM
Very relevant are the following quotes from Just One Minute.

The oddest thing about affirmative action is that it is promoted as a vital program with no actual beneficiaries.  Sonia Sotomayor is going to the Supreme Court!  Yet instead of hailing this as a triumph of affirmative action (since Princeton might very well have overlooked this qualified candidate many years ago) Ms. Sotomayor and her supporters want to pretend that affirmative action has had nothing to do with her success.
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when the question of "equal resumes" was kicked around a few years back, the suggestions as to why black-sounding names were at a disadvantage was summarized as follows by the CalPundit:
The gist of the thread seemed to be that maybe blacks were more likely to sue over being fired, or maybe their degrees were perceived as being worth less due to lower standards caused by affirmative action...
In other words, if affirmative action distorts the college grading process as well as the recruitment process then equal resumes aren't really equal.  The greater legal protection afforded newly hired minorities is obvious.

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