Is the Lady Smart Enough?

In the history of great ironies, we now have this entry:

Conservatives Blast Obama’s Hispanic SCOTUS Nominee As ‘Not The Smartest’ And An ‘Intellectual Lightweight’

I mean, really. “Hello kettle? It’s the pot. You’re black.”

So before you’re inundated with the cable media frenzy over whether Circuit Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor is “smart enough” or whether she’s just like that other lady, remember this from ThinkProgress:

Coming from a housing project in the Bronx, Sotomayor ended up graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton. She also was a co-recipient of the M. Taylor Pyne Prize, the highest honor Princeton awards to an undergraduate. Sotomayor then went to Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal and managing editor of the Yale Studies in World Public Order. Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) said on Fox News this morning that of all the nominees, Sotomayor “brings the most in terms of judicial experience — in terms of serving on a federal court — in 100 years.”

SCOTUS Blog has pointed out that women and minority candidates for the Supreme Court are often portrayed as not being smart enough for the job. As Matt Yglesias has also written, underscoring this point, “I recall a lot of issues being raised during the Samuel Alito confirmation fight, but at that time I don’t remember anyone raising questions about the intelligence of a Princeton/Yale Law graduate who’d done time on an Appeals Court.”



  1. THANK YOU for posting this background information on her. I’m going to keep that in a mental pocket so I can whip it out when anybody hits me with these ridiculous GOP talking points. Summa cum laude from Princeton? I graduated summa from UCLA and I’m female, so I must be such an “intellectual lightweight” that I wonder if this is even a coherent sentence.

  2. Suzi, I know. If the confirmation hearings get all technical again like they did for Clarence Thomas — you know, all that talk about Coke cans and pubic hairs — I don’t know how my little mind will follow along ….

  3. they (the GOP) are the ones that are not smart enough to see how they are shooting themselves in the foot for the last couple years, which is totally fine with me!!

    i am very excited over her nomination and look forward to having her on the court.

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