Rich Tucker at Townhall, saying succinctily what many on the right are saying about Sonia Sotomayor:
“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,” she said back then. Oh? She seems to be saying a person’s ethnicity or gender (or both) would make that person better able to read the law than a person of a different ethnicity or gender. That’s a nakedly discriminatory statement.
She "seems to be saying"? Good God, man. It's in English, not some code.
And in plain English, what she IS saying is not a blanket statement that all Latinos and/or all women would make a better judge than any white man. She's talking about wise Latina women who have had experiences (by virtue of being in a double minority) that white males have not had.
And she's not even saying it as a statement of fact. It's a statement of desire. The first three words are "I would hope…."
Words have meaning, and only the feverish anti-Obama partisans are drinking the Koolaid regarding this fast-and-loose re-interpretation of what Sotomayor said. The rest of us understand.