The Secret Code Words of the Sotomayor Confirmation Battle

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.

affirmative action

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.—Rush Limbaugh;

I say it’s affirmative action. They were picked because she’s a woman and a Hispanic.—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.—Michael Steele;

In the president’s now-famous word, judging should be shaped by “empathy” as much or more than by reason.—The Wall Street Journal.

The Daily Beast

4 thoughts on “The Secret Code Words of the Sotomayor Confirmation Battle

  1. @RSIxidor: It’s an aspiration, but prolly not realistic nor possible.

    @mad_matt: Not inherently bad.

    @LukeV1-5: Why?

    As long as a person is aware that their emotions can cloud their judgment and every judge of SCOTUS is different it will be impossible for any group of them to stray too far emotionally.

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