Think Progress: Conservatives Blast Obama’s Hispanic SCOTUS Nominee As ‘Not The Smartest’ And An ‘Intellectual Lightweight’: When the media began floating Circuit Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor as a possible Supreme Court nominee... Jeffrey Rosen in The New Republic... [used] unnamed sources [as sockpuppets] to attack Sotomayor as “not that smart” and lacking “penetrating” questions on the bench.... [C]onservatives are now making this argument one of their principle lines of attack.... Curt Levey, executive director of the right-wing Committee for Justice... at the National Review, Ramesh Ponnuru calls Sotomayor “Obama’s Harriet Miers.”... Karl Rove questioned whether she was smart enough to be on the Supreme Court.... Citing Rosen, Weekly Standard executive editor Fred Barnes said that Sotomayor was “not the smartest.”... These attacks started even before Sotomayor was named. The National Review’s Mark Hemingway earlier said that Sotomayor was “dumb and obnoxious.”
But as even Fox News’s Megyn Kelly admitted this morning, Sotomayor’s credentials are “impressive by almost any standard.”... Coming from a housing project in the Bronx, Sotomayor ended up graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton. She also was a co-recipient of the M. Taylor Pyne Prize, the highest honor Princeton awards to an undergraduate. Sotomayor then went to Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal and managing editor of the Yale Studies in World Public Order...
Can we just shut down the New Republic until they develop an ability to do some quality control?