Co-ed Makes Good

I’m still learning about Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, but already I’m feeling very proud. We are of an age, which means that she grew up in a time when women were not expected to have brains or power. It’s a validation, and a vindication to see a working-class woman nominated for such a high office.

I was checking out the Projo.com news blog, and had to comment, because after an article that said Sen. Whitehouse is very happy with this nominee followed comments accusing her of being a radical, a communist, an activist judge.

And a few had the racist cliche–she is there because she’s one of ‘them’. Any person from a minority group who achieves success has to deal with resentful bystanders who claim she is just a ‘token’.

Same tired talk. Well, it serves to rally the base, but when the base rallies around disparaging women and Hispanic Americans it’s going to have a tough time getting a majority. And it would have been strategically better for the Republicans if they had waited for a nominee before threatening to filibuster.

Here’s what I put on Projo.com

I got really excited reading her bio. A daughter of a poor family whose widowed mother worked six days a week to support them. Graduate of Princeton and Yale Law School, a respected and experienced judge. I remember when women were not supposed to aspire to this kind of responsibility, and there were not qualified and experienced women in the pipeline.
Thirty years later, the co-eds have made good.
Yes, she knows what it’s like to work hard and believe in your goals. What a validation of the American dream. Her perspective will be valuable on the Supreme Court.

Si, se puede.

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