January 13, 2013, - 7:36 pm
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Do I really need to know the details of of a United States Supreme Court Justice’s personal life? Is this what we’re gonna get more of as more chicks (only their doctor knows for sure, though) get affirmative action appointments to the Supremes?
Tonight, on CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” far-left Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor goes on the show to pimp her new memoir so she can make a lot more money than the measly $200,000-plus in salary and benefits she now collects in one of America’s cushiest jobs, where job security is for life. But the pimping already began in the latest issue of People Magazine, the January 21 issue, which is now on the stands and features movie star Ryan Gosling on the cover. And I gotta ask, do I really need to know about Justice So-So’s loveless failed marriage? TMI, lady. TMI. Only a narcissist thinks others should know–and would want to know–this stuff about her personal life.
In a four-page spread–which is notably many pages AFTER a piece on the Kim Kardashian-Kanye West baby-to-be–J-Lo-So-So tells us all too much about “My Beloved World,” the title of her new book. We learn that her marriage to aspiring biochemist Kevin Noonan didn’t work out because he felt she didn’t need a man. Turns out, he was right. But, hey, how could he possibly be wise when he ain’t a Latina (er . . . Latino)? Remember her nativist, chauvinistic comment about that?
Other Supreme Court Justices have written memoirs, notably Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. But they didn’t make the pages of People. And they didn’t diss ex-spouses. Wise Latina has a superiority complex, since she claimed that she didn’t need a man and was a superstar (in her view) at Princeton, then Yale Law School, and the New York District Attorney’s office. She writes about how she doesn’t see “need as an esssential part of love.” Do I really need to know this detail about a Supreme Court Justice? Nope. She also tells us, “I work very, very hard, and I play very, very hard.” Wow, that’s original. Not cliche at all. And, um, it’s hard to believe that anyone with a gazillion law clerks and secretaries who keeps banker’s hours, as is the case with all Supreme Court Justices, works hard at all. Let me get out my violin, honey, er . . . Justice Honey. The pics with the muppets on “Sesame Street” don’t do a heckuva lot to burnish the image, if ya know what I mean.
I also don’t need to read about a Supreme Court Justice’s insecurities about her looks. But So-So writes about how unattractive she is in her own eyes and how her ex-husband’s friend’s dad described her as “built like a brick house.” I’ll reserve comment, because, frankly, it isn’t relevant. Ditto for her whines about how she couldn’t be the fashion plate her mother wanted and that she shops from catalogs because salespeople smirk at her. G-d knows, none of the female Supreme Court Justices are there because they’re giving Kate Upton a run for her money (and the day that’s the criteria, we’re really in trouble). It seems, however, like Sotomayor is apologetic about her looks, as if she thinks the Supreme Court should be about looks . . . or something. But the Supreme Court isn’t the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. They’re supposed to be there for their minds and experience. Sadly, it’s what’s inside the minds of the women on the Court that is very unattractive and hopelessly activist and counter to what’s in the Constitution. And it goes without saying that women–particularly unattractive ones–tend to be unapologetic liberal statists once they get the power and take revenge on those they perceive as the modern-day incarnations of the “popular kids” from their childhoods.
Oh, and by the way, where it used to be taboo for judges and Justices to talk about issues and cases that are still pending before them, apparently the rules don’t apply to the so-so So-So. She writes with a chip on her shoulder about letters to the editor of The Daily Princetonian assailing affirmative action, which takes away spots from more deserving White males who meet and exceed standards that the beneficiaries of this unfair leg up do not. Those White males, FYI, are the perceived “popular kids” upon whom liberals in power–including those on the Supreme Court–want to exact payback. It’s the trippiest of power trips.
Since we know two cases against affirmative action are pending before the Supremes and awaiting decision, its entirely inappropriate for her to release this book with her very defensive views at this time. We all know that there would be no So-So–or at least, we’d have never heard of her–without affirmative action based on gender and ethnicity. She was a two-fer. And, apparently, she can’t handle that we all know that. Probably because she knows she’d never be a Supreme Court Justice, much less a Princeton and Yale grad without it. A lot of it. And we already know how she’s gonna vote on the companion affirmative action cases before her. But, at least have some class and dignity, woman. Wait until the case has been ruled upon.
Congrats, America. The People Magazine President has appointed a People Magazine Supreme Court Justice. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. And I’m shocked–SHOCKED!–that Justice So-So’s boring story didn’t make a mention on the People cover, amid the stories about “America’s Most Wanted Man Ryan Gosling” (he’s Canadian, FYI) and “Bethenny: Her Divorce Gets Ugly.”
The way we’re headed, the Kanye-Kim illegitimate kid will be the Supreme Court Chief Justice in a couple of generations. But by that time, the official title will be Supreme Court Chief Just-Me. Justice So-So, with her “All About Me” Memoir has already beat him/her/it to the punch, though.
One other thing: you know why “60 Minutes” picked the yawn-worthy, so-so story of So-So for tonight, don’t ya? The show is up against the “Golden Globes” awards show and its pre-awards red carpet show. American women and the People Mag crowd will be watching that. So Sorry, So-So.
Exit question: Sotomayor claims that her home poker games are legal because they have a $20 buy-in, and “I host them at my home and pay for food and drinks so I don’t have to report my winnings.” That still sounds illegal to me. To my fellow lawyers, and/or anyone else who knows the answer, is she right that she doesn’t have to report the winnings (or that it’s legal)?
**** UPDATE, 01/14/13: Even more TMI (Too Much Information) from the pretentious, insecure Supreme Court Justice So-So, who repeatedly refers to herself in the third person (a characteristic of a narcissist) and got paid well over a million bucks for this “tell-all” memoir of hers. Also, it appears that the other Justices don’t believe she deserves to be there, either (and neither, apparently, does she, herself). She calls them out for that, which surely can’t help her situation much. From today’s Wall Street Journal:
“My Beloved World” . . . adds to the picture, telling early on of the unhappy marriage of the justice’s parents. While the squabbling ended when her father drank himself to death, her mother, while scrimping to pay for parochial school and a set of encyclopedias, remained emotionally distant for years, she writes.
Justice Sotomayor, who received a $1.175 million advance from the Alfred A. Knopf publishing unit of German media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG, said she wrote the book by dictating her memories into a tape recorder and working with a collaborator, Iranian-American poet Zara Houshmand, to assemble a narrative. . . .
She admits insecurity about many things, including her appearance. “It had been established that Sonia Sotomayor was not much to look at,” she writes at one point. She calls her high school self “gawky and ungraceful” and repeatedly mentions her “pudgy nose.” Her marriage, to a college boyfriend, ends in divorce, and she pays the legal fees by selling her wedding ring. . . .
Like her colleagues, Justice Sotomayor has an Ivy League education—Princeton and Yale Law School—but she writes that she found herself resented by some whites who believed she got her place through affirmative action.
In the interview, the justice said she has some variant of the “impostor syndrome”—feeling like she doesn’t really deserve to be where she is. “I’m not a classic impostor-syndrome person because I have that initial insecurity but I’m capable of stepping outside of it and proving to myself it’s wrong,” she said.
She said that when she joined the Supreme Court, she sensed a “common misperception that I wasn’t smart enough or capable enough” for the job. “I hope that after four terms I’ve dispelled that,” she said.
Yet she admitted some concern over what her eight colleagues might now make of her. “It’s my hope—and it may not be true for each of them, but I hope for some—that seeing the inside of Sonia will make them more willing to be more open to me, and that the depth of our friendship will deepen as a result,” she said.
You keep tellin’ yourself that, so-so So-So.
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