The White House released this image of Obama Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor quoting a leading socialist in her Princeton yearbook.
I am not a champion of lost causes, but of causes not yet won.’
Norman Thomas was, of course, the leading American Socialist politician of the 20th century.
Perhaps they figured it would come out eventually so they wanted to be able to say, “That’s old news. We thought it was so inconsequential, we mentioned it ourselves.”
This doesn’t make her a socialist, but it does establish her as an admirer of at least one.