Fiesta Time

As I’ve commented before, to me it’s obvious that President Obama and the Press Corps, with the more than willing collusion of the MSM, have presented Judge Sotomayor as a nominee for the SCOTUS on the basis of her race and gender not her qualifications. It’s a very obvious ploy to use the Supreme Court nomination as a weapon in the 2010 House and Senate elections.

But a picture is worth a thousand words and the June 2nd editorial cartoon in the Oklahoman depicts the problem far better than my rhetoric:

Fiesta Time. I Dare You.
Now, who wants to be first?

Chip Bok’s cartoon sums up the situation, in all it vileness, very well – better than my mere words could. This is exactly what President Obama has done. He’s metaphorically strung up Judge Sotomayor as pinata and dared the GOP to “beat on her,” knowing the the Liberal Media will paint any argument against Sotomayor’s confirmation as racist and sexist.

Of course the cartoon has offended many people, and many Leftist media outlets and talking heads are already doing their best to fuel the flames of that outrage, and aim it at the Republicans instead of aimed where it belongs, which is at President Obama and his Liberals.

It should be offensive to Hispanics that President Obama, the White House Press Corps, and their MSM preferred to use Identity Politics to push Judge Sotomayor instead of her extensive valid qualifications. It should be offensive to all Americans that President Obama is using a Supreme Court nomination as a political tool in the upcoming 2010 House and Senate elections.

So yes, the cartoon is offensive to Latinos and women. Someone tell me though how anyone can be expected to depict a disgustingly offensive situation without giving offense with its depiction?

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6 Responses to “Fiesta Time”

  1. Prudie Says:

    AH, this is the genius of minority victimization. (And I’m including women in the “minority” group here since the Left seems to do so too.) You can’t beat up on “victims” without making them even more of a victim. And since we’ve also been subjected to victim deification, to make them more of a victim is to make them more of a hero.

    Bravo Lefties! Well played.

    As for your question, commentary about something offensive will be offensive. There’s no escaping that. Some people can’t see the nuance of it and understand that the offensive commentary is a reflection of the offensive thing.

  2. zhann Says:

    Personally, I think the Right are maiking a bigger deal of this than the Left. From the right, all you hear is that the Left is playing the minority card with Sotomayor … however, the Left (at least what I read) mention it only in passing.

    It seems to me that this is more propaganda … the Right are trying to make it seem like there is much more to this than there is, to rally those in the Right behind them. While the Left are sitting on the other side saying to themselves, “Wait … What???”

    … then again, I could be wrong.


  3. jonolan Says:


    You might want to read Obama’s initial remarks on Sotomayor’s nomination. They set the tenor for the media’s initial response and for the public argument.

    But as impressive and meaningful as Judge Sotomayor’s sterling credentials in the law is her own extraordinary journey. Born in the South Bronx, she was raised in a housing project not far from Yankee Stadium, making her a lifelong Yankee’s fan. I hope this will not disqualify her — (laughter) — in the eyes of the New Englanders in the Senate. (Laughter.)

    Sonia’s parents came to New York from Puerto Rico during the second world war, her mother as part of the Women’s Army Corps. And, in fact, her mother is here today and I’d like us all to acknowledge Sonia’s mom. (Applause.) Sonia’s mom has been a little choked up. (Laughter.) But she, Sonia’s mother, began a family tradition of giving back to this country. Sonia’s father was a factory worker with a 3rd-grade education who didn’t speak English. But like Sonia’s mother, he had a willingness to work hard, a strong sense of family, and a belief in the American Dream.

    When Sonia was nine, her father passed away. And her mother worked six days a week as a nurse to provide for Sonia and her brother — who is also here today, is a doctor and a terrific success in his own right. But Sonia’s mom bought the only set of encyclopedias in the neighborhood, sent her children to a Catholic school called Cardinal Spellman out of the belief that with a good education here in America all things are possible.

    And so it started, “nuanced” at first, but quickly the headlines were focused on “The 1st Hispanic Supreme Court Justice.”

    No, I don’t think the Right started this one.

  4. zhann Says:

    Honestly, I don’t see a big push on her Latin roots. He mentions it in passing, but I see this more as a quick biography to help the population accept her quicker … simple propaganda.

    Just curious, but has welcoming other judges been substantially different? Is it rare to hear a personal bio of of an incumbant judge?

  5. jonolan Says:

    Strange, zhann – that was near all that I heard from the MSM in the first couple of days. Hmmm….

    And no, from what I remember such biographies are relatively rare.

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