Stuart Taylor continues his hacktacular Sotomayor coverage

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His disdain for the female, Hispanic nominee continues to seep out, even though the serious Beltway press considers Taylor to be a beacon of legal reporting.

The latest smear: Taylor claims that in a 35-year-old letter that Sotomayor wrote to her college newspapers (this is the type of trivia Taylor focuses on for her 2009 confirmation), the nominee described Princeton University as "a genocidal dictatorship."

Those nutty words, of course, aren't Sotomayor's, but are Taylor's, who's flummoxed that anyone who attended the Ivy League school could possibly ever critique it, let alone a minority woman just a few years after Princeton opened its doors to co-eds. Taylor's annoyed that Sotomayor raised objections three-and-a-half decades ago about how Princeton dealt with (or didn't deal with) its Puerto Rican student population.

Shorter Taylor: Ungrateful!

But here's a sampling of the language Sotomayor used in her 1974 letter. Read it and keep in mind that Taylor claimed she practically compared Princeton to a "genocidal dictatorship":

It has been said that the universities of America are the vanguard of societal ideas and changes. Princeton University claims to foster the intellectual diversity, spirit, and thoughts that are necessary components in order to achieve this ideal. Yet words are transitory; it is the practice of the ideas you espouse that affect society and are permanent. Thus it is only when Princeton fulfills the goal of being a truly representative community that it can attempt to instill in society a respect for all people — regardless of race, color, sex or national origin.

Like we said, Taylor is just hacktacular.

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