FACT CHECK: Don't quote Sotomayor on that, Senator: "LEAHY SAID: 'You said that, quote, you 'would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would reach wise decisions.''
THE FACTS: If that's all Sotomayor said, the quote would barely have mattered to opponents of her nomination. The actual quote, delivered in a 2001 speech to law students at the University of California at Berkeley, was: '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.'"
This is Senator Patrick Leahy (D--Mars), deliberately misrepresenting what she said, in hopes that the evening news will carry his statement instead of hers, thereby helping to defuse the controversy over her statement, and what it says about her. Everybody who runs his statement would know it is not what she said, but he's hoping they will run it anyway, because these days so many of the media are playing on the Democrat team.
This is what American politics has come to.