Sotomayor is not a reactionary ogre like Scalia or Roberts. She’s a glamorous celebrity!
- Apparently, no one told Sonia Sotomayor that Supreme Court justices are supposed to be circumspect, emerging from their marble palace mainly to dispense legal wisdom to law schools, judges’ conferences and lawyers’ meetings.
Since becoming the first Hispanic justice, Sotomayor has mamboed with movie stars, exchanged smooches with musicians at the White House and thrown out the first pitch for her beloved New York Yankees. A famous jazz composer even wrote a song about her: “Wise Latina Woman.”
In short, Sotomayor has become a celebrity — all without having made a single major decision at the nation’s highest court.
It’s not that other justices don’t have their own particular glamour.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia — both opera lovers — recently had roles in the opening performance of “Ariadne auf Naxos” for the Washington National Opera. Other justices have done tours to promote their books.
But that kind of fame rarely reaches the man on the street.
Remember, man on the street means peasant. Do you feel touched, peasant?
I especially like this bit:
- In short, Sotomayor has become a celebrity — all without having made a single major decision at the nation’s highest court.
Celebrity and powerful position without any actual accomplishment. Does it sound like anyone else we know?