Sonia Sotomayor, Roe v. Wade Redux, and Political Theater

Lázaro Lima

Political theater, black minstrelsy, and vitriol converged on Washington, D.C. yesterday as Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe”) joined forces with anti-abortion activist Randall Terry to oppose Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the supreme court on the grounds that she is but a pawn, they contend, in Obama’s campaign against unborn children. In yet another collapse of Latino ethnic symbology (remember the piñata incident?), the Virgin of Guadalupe also made an appearance to remind baffled onlookers that Obama “didn’t claw his way to the top” to appoint someone who would side with the unborn.

Over on the FOX Network, Jeff Sessions (R-AL) added is own brand of theater to the circus by calling Sonia Sotomayor’s past legal decisions as “flabbergasting.” All of this has been groundwork for today’s confirmation hearings where less than 20 minutes into the conversation “wise Latina” entered the conversation. Not surprisingly, Sessions warned of a “brave new world” of jurisprudence in which judges vote with their biases. He talked of a justice system “further corrupted” by Obama’s view that empathy is a quality prized on the bench. Theater indeed.

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Sonia Sotomayor, Roe v. Wade Redux, and Political Theater