Bench Memos

Re: Judge Sotomayor and the Belizean Grove

Michael Kinsley has some choice words for Judge Sotomayor’s explanation that it “did not discriminate in an inappropriate way”:

If Obama had nominated a man who was a member of the Bohemian Grove, that would be a big issue and probably a fatal one. So how is it different if Sotomayor is a member of a club set up specifically to be the female equivalent? Rather than try to answer this question honestly, Sotomayor chose to make the preposterous argument that the Belizean Grove isn’t a women’s club. It’s just that no men have ever applied for membership, you see. White clubs used to explain the absence of black members the same way. It’s a laughable argument–a brazen whopper–and an insult to the citizenry and the Senate that must confirm her.

The rest is pretty good too.