Days after the announcement that Sonia Sotomayor is President Obama's nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter, the American public is growing impatient with her for not yet apologizing for achieving what is largely recognized as the American Dream.
Sotomayor, the 54 year old judge who has served on the 2nd Circuit US Court of Appeals since 1998, appears fully unapologetic for arrogantly accomplishing through sheer determination, effort and will what most of the seething American population has not - academic, financial and political success.
"Who does she think she is? I don't care that she grew up in poverty in the Bronx, she makes $200,000 a year now and lives in a Greenwich Village condo! I can't afford to live there, so she owes me a f****** apology," lamented Elmar Shannon, a 71 year old Queens resident and janitor with a third-grade education.
Further working against Sotomayor is the fact that she is not white, yet not ashamed of it. Newsweek reports that 'in a California speech in 2002 now under renewed scrutiny, she remarked that, on a court, "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." The unmitigated gall to insinuate that anyone would know more than white men is more than some can handle.
Newsweek continues their dissection of the issue: "With Hispanics a growing voting bloc, and ethnic sensitivities high, few are willing to be as blunt as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who said of her comment that a Latina woman would rule more wisely than a white man: "New racism is no better than old racism."
"Who knows more about the 'old racism' than a white male politician from Georgia?" fawned former Georgia/current DC resident Buck Johnson, anxiously waiting in line for Gingrich to autograph his dog-eared copy of Contract With America, Gingrich's 1994 ode to Republicanism. "I love this man" he added, though nobody else was in line with him to hear it.
Ultimately, Sotomayor's confirmation could rest on the fact that most of America thinks that she has grown too big for her britches and needs to come back down to reality, like former President George W. Bush.
Liberals, who by even conservative estimates now make up 98% of the nation's voters, bristle at the notion of confirming someone to the Supreme Court because of their personal likability.
"If anyone has perfected the art of apologizing for success while taking baths in their $100 bills, it's us! We invented it!" said an anonymous DNCC staffer. "But this is a new day and it's about damned time that a Latina from the Bronx can succeed on her own accord and bring some balance to the Court. Just please don't call her SoSo. J Lo was bad enough."