We’ve seen this before. Whenever a lib says something completely off the wall, aghast conservatives are chastened to read/listen to the quote in context. Remember Reverend Wright’s greatest hits: “G-d damn America”, “chickens coming home to roost”, “white America, US of KKK-A”, etc. Remember how lefties told us we were being unfair, and we needed to hear the entire sermons in context to “get” what he was saying…so we’d dutifully head over to YouTube to find the entire sermon, to give him a fair shake…and we’d end up just as appalled as before?
Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, a possibility I abhor less or discount less than my colleague Judge Cedarbaum, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging. Justice O’Connor has often been cited as saying that a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases. I am not so sure Justice O’Connor is the author of that line since Professor Resnik attributes that line to Supreme Court Justice Coyle. I am also not so sure that I agree with the statement. First, as Professor Martha Minnow has noted, there can never be a universal definition of wise. Second, 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.
See…for me, that context didn’t help… in fact, the quote in complete context is even worse. Sonia Sotomayer disagrees with Justice O’Conner that a wise old man and a wise old woman, would reach the same conclusion in deciding a case?
Somehow…a Latina woman (with her “compelling personal history”) would reach a better…wiser conclusion?
So what’s left? Vague warnings:
UPDATE (April 29):
Via Hot Air:
Now, somehow he divines that “she’d change that word”
“How do you know that?”
“Uhm… indiscussionswithpeople – Thanks guys!”