Well this is a new one. A White House infographic suggests that Sonia Sotomayor is the first disabled justice to win a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court:

I was surprised to learn that one of Obama’s Supreme Court nominees was the first ever with a disability to win confirmation. I had no idea. But Google, as always, is my friend, and after first coming up dry on Elena Kagan, I discovered that Sonia Sotomayor has diabetes.

Did I already know this? Maybe. My memory is so bad that I couldn’t tell you whether I once knew this and have forgotten, or whether I had never heard this before. In any case, I guess I’ve added two new bits of knowledge to my brain pan today: (1) Sonia Sotomayor has diabetes, and (2) diabetes is considered a disability. Live and learn.

Oh, White House. Even Mother Jones über-lefty Kevin Drum thinks you’re reaching.


Jon Gabriel would like to offer a clarification:

  • Kate

    Diabetes is a disability?  Know people that are Diabetic that DO NOT consider themselves “disabled” just inconvenienced.  Cousin worked as NURSE doing 10 hour days with amputated toes from diabetes.

  • http://twitter.com/TeresaNelson5 Teresa Nelson

    Look at the first factoid listed, that Obama named the first Latino to the SCOTUS.   Didn’t Bush try, but his nomination was blocked by the Dems?

  • peteee363

    ron santo was one of the best baseball players, and now going to the hall of fame, he had diabetes. did he consider himself disabled? later in life it did cause trouble for him, but nor much during his playing days.

  • Sterling Hallbrook

    I was pretty sure they were referring to “liberalism as a mental disorder”. Oh well.

  • jjrealmo

    Sotomayor, stay away from the burritos at Poncho’s all you can eat Mexican Restruants

  • http://twitter.com/#!/GRHammersmith Alaskan

    So she’s also a wise diabetic?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donald-Dean/100000301285205 Donald Dean

     I guess Paula Deen can get a handicap plate or placard now

  • bonnieblue2A

    Given this revelation can Sotomayor really be unbiased in her decision on Obamacare?

  • rhondacoleridge

    So that means my sister AND my parents’ dog are disabled.  Who woulda thunk it?