I guess every time we elect or appoint a woman to a high level post we can expect some sexism in the media, whether it’s being quoted or otherwise.
The Washington Post summed up some of the sexism in an editorial (Double Standard) yesterday:
Curt Levey of the Committee for Justice said in a radio interview that Judge Sotomayor was picked because “she’s a woman and Hispanic, not because she was the best qualified.” Former congressman Tom Tancredo sank to even greater depths when he called Judge Sotomayor a “racist” for her past affiliation with the Hispanic advocacy group, the National Council of La Raza; Mr. Tancredo called La Raza “a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses.” Former Bush adviser Karl Rove implicitly questioned Judge Sotomayor’s intelligence, saying in an interview with PBS host Charlie Rose that “I know lots of stupid people who went to Ivy League schools.” No doubt, but would Mr. Rove have said the same thing in connection with Justice Alito?
Of course, they’re having a field day with her comment that a wise Latina might have a different perspective on life than a white male. All of a sudden being PC is okay again?