These words--written by Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence "Always a Bridesmaid" Tribe about recent Supreme Court appointee Sonia Sotomayor in a personal letter to President Obama--reveal a good deal about the writer and the reader.
Secondly, note how important Tribe considers "smart" to be. Don't get me wrong--we obviously don't want dunces on the Supreme Court--but this fascination with intelligence we see from the elites of the Democratic establishment is part of the larger issue of "were right and smart, they're wrong and dumb". Where else do we see this? Why, the Daily Show, of course....
Thirdly, the comfort with which Tribe puts forward his opinions, especially that of Ms. Sotomayor's intellect--seems to be to belie a sense that the READER of this letter--Tribe's good friend Mr. Obama--would likely AGREE with the sentiment contained therein. Tribe wouldn't burn a relationship with a President over a Supreme Court nomination--he figured that what he was writing would be welcomed in the Oval Office.
Read the letter--sorta like reading the other team's playbook left on the Brady living room table.