Saturday, June 13, 2009

Will Wonders Ever Cease: Senator Grassley Discovers Sotomayor Is Not "Aggressive" or "Obnoxious"

The Associated Press reports that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has made a favorable impression among most Senators (see: Sotomayor Impresses in Interviews, Senators Say). She has even managed to charm some of her potential opponents, like Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa:
Sotomayor has managed to disarm even senators who came prepared not to like her. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, went in thinking "she would be aggressive and maybe even a little obnoxious."

"I would classify her as kind of much friendlier ... more reserved, less aggressive," than he expected, Grassley told reporters later.
Amazing. Apparently, she is not a frightening, man-hating, firery, angry, Latina she-judge after all.

For more reading on the firery Latina trope, see: Scalia v. Sotomayor: The Use of Gender-Coded Language to Evaluate a Judge's "Temperament".

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