Sunday, October 31, 2010

"She's Not Nearly As Smart As She Seems To Think She Is"

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.

First of all, the leak of this letter will have what the vaporists refer to as a "chilling effect" on Mr. Tribe's appearance at A-List Democrat events.  Sotomayor is a Democratic/Liberal Icon--doesn't matter if the whole letter's point was to put forward the prospects of another Liberal Icon (Ms. Kagan)--Tribe's stepped in it here and stepped in it good.

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.


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"The Hammer" said...

Tribe obviously has some personal animus towards Sotomayor. The fact is neither is qualified, Sotomayor or Kagan.
Isn't it interesting Tribe seems only concerned with the politics of the Court, not in the quality of the legal minds on the Court.

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