"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."Yeah, that one. Well, it isn't going away.
So Obama, possibly with visions of his very own early-term Nannygate dancing in his head, swung into action Friday to save the day:
"I'm sure she would have restated it," Obama flatly told NBC News, without indicating how he knew that.Ew! A bit of AP snark there? Could there be trouble in paradise?
"If you look in the entire sweep of the essay that she wrote, what's clear is that she was simply saying that her life experiences will give her information about the struggles and hardships that people are going through, that will make her a good judge," Obama said in the broadcast interview. [...]Uh...yeah. One problem there, Mr. Obananator, sir. To paraphrase David Codrea - oh hell, I'll quote him.
Obama told NBC that part of the job of a Supreme Court justice is to stand in somebody else's shoes and that Sotomayor will do that. "That breadth of experience, that knowledge of how the world works, is part of what we want for a justice who's going be effective," Obama said.
[S]he didn't say "good." She didn't say "effective." She said "better."