Supreme Court nominations require the media and politicians to develop their own delicate code words. Otherwise, you’re liable to be accused of a “high-tech lynching.” So what does it mean when someone calls Barack Obama nominee Sonia Sotomayor “vibrant,” “domineering,” or even “Maria”? The Daily Beast has assembled a glossary to guide you through the upcoming debate over her nomination.
1.The condition of being a successful minority: She is an affirmative action case extraordinaire and she has put down white men in favor of Latina women.â€”Rush Limbaugh;
I say itâ€™s affirmative action. They were picked because sheâ€™s a woman and a Hispanic.â€”Pat Buchanan.
1. a condition unique to liberals whose symptoms include spinelessness and cowardice: Crazy nonsense empathetic. I’ll give you empathy. Empathize right on your behind. Craziness.â€”Michael Steele;
In the president’s now-famous word, judging should be shaped by “empathy” as much or more than by reason.â€”The Wall Street Journal.