But we think Huckabee didn’t even bother to figure out who he was talking about before blasting away. When he first posted his statement, he gave her first name as Maria, not Sonia. And despite Huckabee’s rhetoric, Sotomayor’s record is similar to the justice she would be replacing, David Souter, who is considered to be fairly moderate (Souter was appointed by Bush Sr. but moved to the left). In fact, the only opinion Sotomayor has written that is related to abortion was against a pro-choice group.
Huckabee isn’t alone in trying to put his foot in his mouth. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) released a statement saying that he wants to make sure Sotomayor won’t be unduly influenced by her race and gender. Can you imagine someone raising the same issue for a white male nominee? Or as Dana Goldstein puts it “White men are raceless and genderless, haven’t you heard?”
UPDATE: The Washington Post points out that White Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASPs) are an endangered species on the Supreme Court.
UPDATE 2: Mark McKinnon has a great editorial about Sonia Sotomayor and Colin Powell in The Daily Beast.