Bench Memos

Leahy’s Wise Latina Lie

After accusing Republicans of twisting Sotomayor’s quote, Leahy then misquotes her, saying that she said that she “hopes a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would reach wise decisions.”  Of course, that’s not what she said.  What she actually said was: “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.”  Leahy conveniently distorted “better,” a word that Sotomayor is obviously trying to distance herself from.

Robert Alt is the president and chief executive officer of The Buckeye Institute.