Charles Krauthammer Reacts To Sotomayor Pick for the Supreme Court:
Charles Krauthammer has hit the nail on the proverbial head yet again as he suggests that identity politics is the mother's milk of the far left. This couldn't be more clearly illustrated with President Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor. I personally find it very difficult to get behind the nomination of a judge who is heralded as an intellectual sharp-shooter but who in my opinion has allowed her alleged above average intellect to be overruled by her obvious propensity towards grievance or identity politics.
Sotomayor's decision in the Ricci v. DeStefano case, is currently in front of the U.S. Supreme. Writing in the Washington Post, George Will provides a one paragraph précis of the case:
In 2003, the city [of New Haven, Connecticut] gave promotion exams--prepared by a firm specializing in employment tests, and approved, as federal law requires, by independent experts--to 118 candidates, 27 of them black. None of the blacks did well enough to qualify for the 15 immediately available promotions. After a rabble-rousing minister with close ties to the mayor disrupted meetings and warned of dire political consequences if the city promoted persons from the list generated by the exams, the city said: No one will be promoted. Sotomayor ruled against the firefighters, a decision that her colleague and fellow Clinton appointee Judge Jose Cabranes, writes The New Republic's Jeffery Rosen, denounced as containing "no reference whatsoever to the constitutional issues at the core of this case." (source)
This trend of "sticking it to the man" in order to "even the playing field" is going to prove detrimental to all minorities in the long run. Principle matters. Allowing personal prejudices to impede our decision to stand on that which is right is a recipe for civil unrest. Things are going to get very ugly.