â€?She wanted lower-income people served, and thatâ€™s a good goal,â€? said Royce Mulholland, who represented the stateâ€™s Division of Housing and Community Renewal on the board. â€?But we also explained that the insurance program was intended to serve moderate- and middle-income apartments â€” and we only provided the insurance, which means we had very little leverage.â€?Basically, Sotomayor is what Barack Obama would be if he had never mastered his "I have understood you" Jedi mind control shtick where he recounts his interlocutor's argument more eloquently that his conversational partner put it himself, thus persuading 99% of the people he talks to that he shares their views. After all, if he understands my views, how could he possibly not hold my views?
Ms. Sotomayor did not confine her scrutiny to the balance between low- and middle-income housing.
After receiving a report about the agencyâ€™s affirmative action program in 1989, she requested a breakdown of the number of black and Hispanic workers. Later that year, when she was informed that just 8 percent of the agencyâ€™s contracts went to businesses owned by women or members of minorities, she called its performance â€?abysmal.â€?
â€?It was like a boysâ€™ club when we came there,â€? recalled Hazel Dukes, who is black and joined the board about the same time as Ms. Sotomayor. â€?We knew how to be pushy. We were like bees in their bonnet.â€?
Fioravante G. Perrotta, a former agency board member, did not care for Ms. Sotomayorâ€™s views. Mr. Perrotta recalls her as conscientious and knowledgeable, but he said she was an â€?extreme partisanâ€? on questions of class and ethnicity.
â€?She made it very clear that she was very liberal and a Democrat,â€? Mr. Perrotta said, â€?and that really should have been a nonpolitical organization.â€?
John Carney at Business Insider offers a more lucid explanation of what this government thing-a-mabob was supposed to do, and how Sotomayor's activism is relevant to today's mortgage meltdown.