It would be comforting to believe, however, that Breyer could not have stomached joining Sotomayor’s hysterical diatribe against the American “majority” under any circumstances, even without the reprieve granted the political-process doctrine. Sotomayor’s dissent is a sort of coming-out party for her—her longest opinion yet, unusual in its length for a junior justice, and a demonstration of her philosophy that “race matters” when it comes to deciding cases. This was the judge, after all, who wrote in the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal in 2002 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.” Readers are clearly meant to see her dissent as the barely disguised, autobiographical cri du coeur of a “wise Latina woman” who has “lived” with majority oppression all her life. Unfortunately, her opinion demonstrates that alleged “richness of experience” is no guarantee of clear vision.
Actually, what her opinion demonstrated is that she is far more racist than the racists she decries. For her, only race matters, and nothing else. She’s a disgrace, Obama is a disgrace for nominating her, and the Democrat Senate was a disgrace for confirming her.
It’s like putting Bull Connor on the Supreme Court, only she wants somebody else to wield the police dogs, billy clubs, and fire hoses against different targets.
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