Ooops: Socialist Quote Sure to Dog Sotomayor

Princeton yearbook cites would-be prez Norman Thomas
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2009 8:36 AM CDT
This 1976 photograph provided by Princeton University shows senior Sonia Sotomayor in the Nassau Herald Yearbook.   (AP photo/Courtesy Princeton University)
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(Newser) – Conservatives are likely to go crazy any second now, when they realize that Sonia Sotomayor is a (gasp) socialist. Sotomayor’s Princeton yearbook quote—“I am not a champion of lost causes, but of causes not yet won”—is from Norman Thomas, a six-time presidential candidate of the Socialist Party of America, Gawker reports. The best part? Obama’s people helpfully included the yearbook page in their Sotomayor press kit.

Perhaps, the Cajun Boy speculates, Obama was trying to get in front of the story, make the quote seem like old news. Or maybe the White House was trying to provoke a distracting, hysterical outburst from the far right. Or maybe, just maybe, “Obama is just so confident in his nominee that he doesn’t care about trivial horseshit like her quoting a socialist over 30 years ago.”