Good Take On Identity Politics In The Sotomayor Nomination

Ellen Goodman has a good column in today’s Globe on the question of identity politics at work in the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. One striking paragraph:

But today no one suggests that Chief Justice John Roberts is playing identity politics when, as Jeffrey Toobin wrote recently in The New Yorker, he reflects “a view that the court should almost always defer to the existing power relationships in society.”

The Lion suggests that Roberts’ view justifies continuing a tyranny if applied in a dictatorship, but also suspects that in a democracy Roberts would rule in favor of the powerful who would undermine representative government.

In any event, it’s a good column and gives good perspective on the Republicans’ latest game of lies, distortion, and hypocrisy.

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