As Steve Sailer says, Sotomayor spent a good part of her adult life giving boring speeches at various “diversity” events where she extolled the values of diversity, the “Latina soul,” and the need for aggressive affirmative action in institutions of power. Then, when in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, she basically repudiated it all, along with her vaguely nihilistic ideas about the influence of race and results on judicial reasoning. In order to get through this process, she pretended to be a moderate, middle-American story of success and a paragon of moderation. This, indeed, is exactly what Obama did during his campaign, where no one really asked him about his first book, Dreams of My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, nor did he get questioned about his record as a South Side Chicago politician. The only slight problem were the rantings of his long-time pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, which Obama deflected by giving long and complicated speeches about why Wright was like a loveable, crazy-old-Uncle, until eventually abandoning him when Wright went out of his way to show the world what it’s all about at Trinity Church.
There is an odd tendency of our public life where a great number of the media and other observers are all wanting to be fooled and are overly credulous when leftists deny what they have said and done for their entire public life until the point where national power may be in reach. Those who dare to think critically and note contradictions are castigated for negativity, bad faith, and generally for spoiling the party.