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Sotomayor Admits She Chose Word Poorly

John on May 29, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Yesterday, Politico had a piece discussing how various Dems were recommending the White House handle Sotomayor’s controversial statement at a 2001 speech. Here’s an excerpt:

Some Democrats and political analysts are urging the White House to shift course and concede that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor made an error when she suggested in 2001 that Hispanic women would make better judges than white men.

“She misspoke,” said Lanny Davis, a White House lawyer and spokesman for President Bill Clinton. “Every day that goes by that they don’t say she misspoke and she used the wrong words … they just feed it and give it life and give Rush [Limbaugh] and [Sean] Hannity more airtime unnecessarily.”

Said Democratic strategist Chris Lehane: “In this day and age, six or seven or eight weeks is a long time to go without addressing an issue that can potentially take on a life of its own and evolve and grow.”

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Lehane agreed: “One way to go is to get her up to the Hill and take a thrown question … or you could clearly find a moderate Democratic senator who’s respected by all parties say I talked to her and here’s what she said.”

However, Davis said faster and more direct action would be better. “Better for her to do it. Second best would be for Gibbs to do it,” Davis said, referring to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

Well, the White House must be reading Politico:

The White House says Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor acknowledges she made a poor word choice in a 2001 speech in which she said that a Latina judge would often reach a better conclusion than a white male judge who hasn’t lived the same life.

That’s according to presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs. He says he has not talked directly to Sotomayor about it but has spoken to people who have.

It’s still going to come up in the nomination process, but this was probably their best play.

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