Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sonia Sotomayor on Charlie Rose

Not a show I normally watch but as is typical of my late-night television viewing, I fell asleep while watching something else and awoke to it.

I haven't had much interest in her beyond some attention paid to "a wise latina woman" of her confirmation hearings.

I was really impressed with her affect: Here was a woman who does not just love life, she is in-love with life! She came across as smart and well-informed as well. Except for one thing: Mr. Rose asked something along the lines of what she looks for in a law clerk and she said that she wants someone smarter than herself, or at least better at the thing she needs them for. She also noted that President Obama is the same way. What!

It is pretty clear that Mr. Obama does not admit the possibility of there being anyone smarter or better than himself at anything. So, Obama may want to do that kind of hiring, but why would he waste time pondering impossibilities?

What to Expect When No One’s Expecting

Demographics is destiny.

Tyler Cowen has a post on this important book, along with links to commentary.