Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's critics have "discovered" that she supported independence for Puerto Rico while a college undergraduate.
In fact, at one time or another during their youth or young adulthood, most Puerto Rican intellectuals are seduced by the romantic idea of independence. And, as they gain wisdom and experience, they realize how impractical Puerto Rican independence would be.
It's the equivalent of white suburban college kids in the 60's and 70's and beyond (some of whom are now Republican members of the Senate judiciary committee) singing along with John Lennon, "Imagine there's no countries . . . And no religion too . . . Imagine no possessions . . ."
College sophomores who believe in the truth of John Lennon's lyrics did not grow up to be atheistic anarchists.
And, Puerto Rican undergraduates, on the island or on the mainland, who support independence for a year or two do not grow up to be anti-American terrorists.
Both are simply a stage of intellectual development.
If this is all the dirt they dug up on Sotomayor, she really must be clean.