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Sotomayor Has Diabetes: Good, Or Bad?

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Remember Sonia Sotomayor, the Puerto Rican judge and potential Supreme Court pick who is, according to important legal insiders, an annoying retarded loser? Here’s another “knock” on her chances: she’s a Type One diabetic. She was being so dumb and annoying one day that God gave her diabetes. Does this spark a wider debate about something? The Huffington Post‘s Sam Stein suggests “yes it does” in his new article, “Sotomayor’s Medical History Sparks Wider Debate.” Should her diabetes factor into the vetting process? If the liberals think she’s so “smart,” then why is she diabetic? If she died a few years after being selected, might this be a good thing for Obama?

Stein writes, “Not everyone believes that medical conditions of prospective candidates should be considered so critically in the vetting process.” Because Barack Obama needs to understand that he might be disappointed if, say, a person dies, which is just part of the game.

George Dargo, a professor of law at New England Law in Boston, noted retiring Justice David Souter himself should serve as evidence for Obama that gaming out how a Supreme Court pick will fare is an imprecise art. “I believe that this should not be a factor,” he said. “There is one constant in Supreme Court history, and that is the inconstancy of the appointees… President Obama may want to appoint someone who will be there for at least a generation, but he might be disappointed.”

And what if she “pulled an opposite-Souter” and became a right-wing lunatic after her selection? Then it would be great if she died! Her whole term could be like a “trial run,” and if she’s terrible, the Secret Service will just confiscate her insulin kit. Silly Supreme Court, making us think about death in such practical terms.

Sotomayor’s Medical History Sparks Wider Debate [HuffPo]

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  • 4tehlulz

    Claus von Bulow suddenly is interested in an internship at the Supreme Court.

  • TGY

    And next: Justice Bo.

  • CorkPopper

    This is a real problem. If she went into a diabetic coma, everybody would think she was just doing a Clarence Thomas impression, and she could die before anyone really noticed.

  • Noonan

    She has the ugly, also.

  • Custerwolf

    I don’t know if the diabetes will help or hurt, but those curls are definitely going to affect her decision-making process.

  • chascates

    On the plus side she might give it to Scalia & Thomas.

  • TGY

    [re=315985]Noonan[/re]: Nothing new for the Supremes there.

  • thejesusandmarycheney

    He’s just gonna pick one of those mouthy “Poetry Jam” kids, you know.

  • V572625694

    Type I diabetics live about 20 years after they’re first diagnosed. Not funny, but true.

  • Custerwolf

    You know I think she’d do just fine so long as she has Wilford Brimley seated next to her on the bench.

  • dijetlo

    Did she get the diabetes from personally performing partial birth abortions or was it all teh buttsecks with Satan ?
    Also, if we make her a Justice, will she put some sexy talk in her decisions? I don’t mean to complain but Ruth just doesn’t bring the heat and as a result supreme court decisions are…dry.
    I just want the occasional “Oy Poppi!” and if she could deliver her opinions dressed in a mini skirt dancing the Samba, I think that would be change we could all believe in.

  • CockedAle

    [re=315990]Custerwolf[/re]: Clarence Thomas agrees. He wanted to know why she has pubes on top of her head.

  • Custerwolf

    [re=315999]V572625694[/re]: That’s a good reason not to get screened until you’re way into your 70’s.

  • Guppy06

    [re=316000]Custerwolf[/re]: No, she has diabetEES. It’s a subtle but important difference.

  • Noonan

    [re=315995]TGY[/re]: Meh. Sandra Day O’Connor was sorta nice grandmotherly looking. Scalia looks like all of my uncles – pretty typical greasy guinea.

  • dijetlo

    HOLY CRAP you mean this isn’t Sonia Sotomayor

  • Custerwolf

    [re=316006]Noonan[/re]: Scalia looks like an uglier version of Danny Devito.

  • Holy Cow!!

    Clearly god hates her and she’s a terrorist.

  • V572625694

    [re=316003]Custerwolf[/re]: People w/Type 1 diabetes don’t need to get screened. Their pancreases stop functioning and they begin to starve to death, because without insulin they can’t get any nutrition from the food they eat. Great way to lose weight, but there are side effects.

  • V572625694

    [re=316007]dijetlo[/re]: Linky no worky.

  • pat robertsons personal trainer

    a black guy who was elected president by U.S. Americans does not care for you and your actuarial tables.

  • WadISay

    Compared to whatever Clarence Thomas has got, diabetes looks like a case of the sniffles.

  • SayItWithWookies

    It would be sad if something happened like when that idjit Lord picked John Paul the First to be pope and he up and croaked in a month. Was omniscience clearing brush that day, O Lightning Bolt of Loving Kindness? Anyway, my advice to Obama — whatever God would do, do the exact opposite. It’ll work and it’ll drive the opposition over the edge.

  • thejesusandmarycheney

    [re=316017]WadISay[/re]: I had no idea a pubic hair on your Coke could be so deadly.

  • dijetlo

    [re=316015]V572625694[/re]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkQenQofxs8

    Imagine my shock at the discovery. I’m going to have to rethink this if it turns out she isn’t Sonio Sotomayor.

  • charlesdegoal

    So I guess it was her brother, not she, who high-jumped over eight feet.

  • Custerwolf

    [re=316014]V572625694[/re]: Sorry. I never could keep my diabetes straight. My boyfriend’s dad was one in a million who survived pancreatic cancer. He was sans pancreas and gall bladder after the surgery, but lived almost another 20 years. Wow. So you’re right.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    Don’t do it Hopey! I have a story to illustrate the danger:

    We adopted a very ancient (14-year-old) Cockerpoo from the pound. A short-term “Test Dog” to see if my kids could live up the promise of “We’ll take car of him! Honest!” Suffice it to say, they failed miserably, and it was like pulling teeth to get them to give him a bath, trim his fur, his nails, even FILL HIS DAMN WATER DISH.

    The dog had every conceivable eye and ear infection on a monthly basis, ineradicable fleas and flatuance, serious incontinence (the last two years) AND HE LIVED TO BE EIGHTEEN FUCKING YEARS OLD.

    So don’t do it, Barry. Don’t let Sotomayor be your cockerpoo.

    (She even looks sorta like one, come to think of it.)

  • MadMangosteen

    [re=316015]V572625694[/re]: Type I diabetics only live 20 years after they’ve been diagnosed? Hard to explain how I’ve been type I diabetic for 25 years and am in fine health, with a low A1C and no complications, then, you ignorant ass.

  • V572625694

    [re=316025]dijetlo[/re]: Thank goodness the poster made it clear that the dancer is a Latina, because if she’d been Asian it wouldn’t be hot at all.

    [re=316027]Custerwolf[/re]: No problem. I’ve had a few friends and employees with the condition and learned a bit about it. Wish it were funnier.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    [re=315999]V572625694[/re]: Heh. I just read your comment and now realize that I am an incredibly insensitive asshole.

    Thanks for that, killjoy.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    [re=316037]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Not to mention a bit sloppy on closing my italics tags.

  • DustBowlBlues

    I don’t know anything about this woman, but the wonkeratti seem to think she’s crazy, so I do, too. That’s what I like about wonkette. It eliminates the need for me to pay attention. Plus, only Jim could make diabetes so funny. And it’s almost five o’clock central, and no one in my retarded state has done anything crazy enough for the editors to make fun of, so that’s a good day.

  • dijetlo

    [re=316036]V572625694[/re]: Exactly. It also wouldn’t be Sonia Sotomayor.
    Girl in the video? Well let’s be honest, what is it Supreme court justices do but what she does so well, they just shake their ideologies instead of their money makers.
    Give the girl a chance, I think she could swing Clarence Thomas over…

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    Don’t worry, as long as she keeps ingesting fetuses, she will be fine.

  • Canuck13652

    Of course, there was that whole “John Roberts having weird fainting fits thing,” but being sick only matters if you’re a Democrat.

  • Custerwolf

    [re=316035]MadMangosteen[/re]: Watch out a boulder don’t fall on your head.

  • chauncey

    [re=316036]V572625694[/re]: 20 years, wtf? in the 1800’s? care to back up the number you pulled out of your ass? the average life span of a type I diabetic is only 6-8 years shorter than a normal person.

  • Gorillionaire

    [re=315999]V572625694[/re]: You sir are full of shit. My mother was diagnosed in the 1970’s. She grows her own vegetables and could probably beat your ass.

  • Custerwolf

    [re=316069]chauncey[/re]: C’mon the whole goddamned argument is ridiculous – a fucking crane could collapse on this broad just as she’s injecting herself with insulin for chrissakes. Life is uncertain. You could be dead before she gets selected. Get over it.

  • Custerwolf

    Okay if there’s one thing we’ve learned here today, it’s that the diabetes folk are a touchy bunch and don’t like death sentences.

  • MadMangosteen

    [re=316084]Custerwolf[/re]: I ain’t touchy, I just don’t like misinformation being spread. For example, a lot of people think type I diabetes is contracted because you eat too much sugar/are fat/etc. – not so. It’s a genetic disease. Type II diabetics (or, as I like to call them, Brimleys) CAN get the disease from being old/fat/eating horrible food.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    [re=316084]Custerwolf[/re]: Also, this Caveman is too quick to apologize! Now there goes my roguish, bad-ass image.

  • Custerwolf

    [re=316091]MadMangosteen[/re]: This is probably my best chance at remembering that information. Thank you.

  • Custerwolf

    [re=316097]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Don’t worry, I still think you’re a fucker.

  • Jukesgrrl

    A quick trip to Wiki says Sonia Sotomayor was diagnosed with diabetes at age 8. Given that she will be 55 next month, that means she has controlled the disease for 47 years. So MadMangosteen is more than vindicated. I say give her one of those cute pink test meters and get her on that bench. Just don’t let her get drunk at the next Puerto Rican parade.

  • Custerwolf

    [re=316036]V572625694[/re]: That’s the last time I listen to you.

  • Dave J.

    [re=315999]V572625694[/re]: Hmmm. I’m 34. Got Type 1 when I was 5. I’m doing well, no complications. You need to get yourself edumacated. Wilford Brimley will SCHOOL YOUR ASS!1!!!!

  • Custerwolf

    [re=316128]Dave J.[/re]: On the other hand, maybe all of you guys should consider yourselves INCREDIBLY lucky.

  • norbizness

    Sam Stein is exactly fucking correct, I was playing in a pick-up basketball game in East Austin and we had to stop play at least 6 times due to a heated discussion concerning Judge Sotomayor.

  • Tommmcatt


    Don’t get me started.

  • Tommmcatt


    Plus, Stem Cells! Cure in 5,4,3,2….

  • Lascauxcaveman

    [re=316114]Custerwolf[/re]: Well you’re my fact-checkin’ cuz!

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    [re=316035]MadMangosteen[/re]: Yeah, uh, agreed. V572625694, you really need to double-check these things. Most diabetics have a lifespan that is shortened by 7-10 years – that can go for Type 2s as well. As a type 2 diagnosed as an adolescent (I know, and I wasn’t even FAT then), I can tell you that if you control with meds, you live a pretty normal life.

  • Custerwolf

    [re=316159]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: “then”?

  • Custerwolf

    [re=316156]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: You know I still love you.

  • Custerwolf

    [re=316159]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: Frankly I think V572625694 just hates chicks with bad perms and the whole diabetes thing was just a red herring.

  • Bruno

    Does this mean that she’s pro-socialized health care or even more of a non-real ‘Merican communist or something?

  • Bruno

    I fairl to see what kind of litmus test this is.

  • ph7

    Wolf Blitzer empathizes: “She is so Mexican, she’s so diabetic.”

  • ph7

    So I’m clear, which type of diabetes make your feet fall off? ‘Cause I like to see a Supreme Court Justice’s feet fall off. That would be a first, I think.

  • magic titty

    [re=315985]Noonan[/re]: why the fuck am i still laughing at this?

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    [re=316165]Custerwolf[/re]: I’m actually with her/him on that. And yeah, then, when I was diagnosed. I’m a tubby old bitch now, but back then, I was just a teenager, and built normally. Type 2s TEND to be overweight when they are diagnosed (not always – my grandfather was a beanpole, but then again, that might have been because he never controlled the diabetes).

  • Custerwolf

    [re=316262]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: Oh, but I’m betting you’re cute as hell Annie. Besides, scrawny chicks suck. I know I do.

  • ryang

    Damn, I KNEW “empathy” was code for “diabetes.”

  • norbizness

    [re=316128]Dave J.[/re]: Remember that movie D for Diabeetus?

  • Lemming Caution

    [re=315985]Noonan[/re]: I’ve seen Sotomayor in person – she (and her hair) looked much better than that.

  • Custerwolf

    [re=316484]Lemming Caution[/re]: Yeah, the camera always adds ten pounds of curl.

  • diabetes war

    I am a diabetic, the first time I know that I suffered from painful diabetes is often tired, frequent urination, hot tersa feet, it lasted up to 2 weeks. Then on the advice of my doctor recommended a diet of sugar and exercise regularly, after a period of 2 months I feel better than before, although not yet completely healed