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Sotomayor and Baseball

It’s bad enough that President Obama, in his remarks announcing his nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, pretended that he had abandoned his misguided “empathy” standard for Supreme Court justices and maintained that he was instead looking for a justice who had

a recognition of the limits of the judicial role, an understanding that a judge’s job is to interpret, not make law, to approach decisions without any particular ideology or agenda, but rather a commitment to impartial justice, a respect for precedent, and a determination to faithfully apply the law to the facts at hand.

Yeah, sure.

But Obama apparently couldn’t even level with the American people about Sotomayor and baseball. As part of his effort to curry favor with baseball fans — “Some say that Judge Sotomayor saved baseball” by her injunction ending the 1994-1995 — Obama presented Sotomayor as “a lifelong Yankees fan.” But a March 28, 1995, story in USA Today, titled “U.S. District judge not a baseball fan,” states that Sotomayor “grew up a few miles from Yankee Stadium but says she knows little about the sport.”

Please, Red Sox fans, don’t try to reconcile these propositions by asserting that there are plenty of lifelong Yankees fans who know little about baseball.


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