The Obama File published
Wesley Pruden says Obama’s legacy is coming sharply into focus, four years early. He’s out to transform “a nation of laws,” once the pride of the Anglo-Saxon heritage and exemplar to the world, into “a nation of feelings.” We won’t need judges, just social workers damp with empathy.
This is in line with the president’s larger vision, to cut America down to a size a community organizer could manage, making it merely one of the nice nations of the world, like Belgium or Brazil. The home of the brave and the land of the free would become what our English cousins call “wet,” weak, ineffectual, fragile, fearful, and inconsequential.
Sonia Sotomayor is one of the building blocks of the president’s envisioned Mediocre Society. She’s a perfect first nominee to the Supreme Court, “untouchable” for anyone tempted to look at who she really is, a lawyer of good grades — she graduated summa cum laude from her university and even won the class spelling bee in elementary school — but a judge with a modest record, confident of entitlement, and determined to help the president render America harmless, armed with good intentions but at the mercy of ravenous rivals. We may one day look back at her as the best of the worst.
The president is the master of demographic politics, playing the race card in a way that no one else could. Sotomayor was presented not first as a jurist distinguished by learning and accomplishment, but as a Latina, a woman of empathy and delicate sensibility. He’s counting on male gallantry, if not male timidity, to carry the day. Robert Gibbels, the president’s press agent, was an unapologetic intimidator, warning everyone to be “exceedingly careful” in talking about her. Criticism of Sotomayor is to be regarded as proof of racism, sexism and maybe even fascism. Criticize the little lady at your own risk.
The prospect is not that Republicans will be too tough, but not tough enough. Sotomayor has a damning paper trail, and the Republicans have a responsibility to ask vigorous, even robust, questions. Obama has the votes to prevail no matter how she answers the questions, but the nation is entitled to know who the president puts on the nation’s highest court.
Obama himself leaves no one under any misunderstanding about how he intends to remake America. “It is experience that can give a person a common touch of compassion,” he said on introducing Sonia Sotomayor, “an understanding of how the world works and how ordinary people live. And that is why it is a necessary ingredient in the kind of justice we need on the Supreme Court.” Not much there about the law and the Constitution.
This is scary enough, but he told a Hollywood audience this week that “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”