President Obama Picks Sonia Sotomayor for SCOTUS

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives with Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor (R), his choice as the nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter, at the East Room of the White House in Washington May 26, 2009. (Reuters)President Barack Obama selected the first Latina and third woman to the Supreme Court Tuesday, picking Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace outgoing Justice David Souter. Glen Greenwald at Salon gives a run down of who’s for Sotomayor and what critics have said about her. (Greenwald is for Obama picking Sotomayor).

Greenwald praised the president for what he saw as ignoring the caterwauling of those who would assume that a diverse court is an inferior one. To critics who would question Sotomayor’s qualifications, Greenwald points out that, “Sotomayor’s ascent from Bronx housing project to Princeton and Yale Law School to Supreme Court nominee — driven by merit, intellect, talent and diligence — is nothing short of inspiring.”

It is very encouraging that Obama ignored the ugly, vindictive, and anonymous smear campaign led by TheNew Republic‘s JeffreyRosen and his secret cast of cowardly Eminent LiberalLegal Scholars of the Respectable Intellectual Center. People like that, engaging in tactics of that sort, have exerted far too much influence on our political culture for far too long, andObama’s selection of one of their most recent targets both reflects and advances the erosion of their odious influence. And Obama’s choice is also a repudiation of the Jeffrey-Rosen/Ben-Wittes/StuartTaylor grievance on behalf of white males that, as Dahlia Lithwick put it, “a diverse bench must inevitably be a second-rate bench.”

I’m happy for Sotomayor, but I think those who would waste a ton of time opposing the pick are truly misguided. Justice Souter was a Liberal and he’s being replaced by another Liberal judge. The make up of the court would remain unchanged with four moderate Liberals and four conservatives and one swing justice in Kennedy. The fight would look very petty and pointless considering Obama’s second choice is probably … shock o’ shocks … another moderate-to-Liberal justice. As long as her closet isn’t full of tax problems, sexual harassment lawsuits and other maladies, they don’t really have the votes to stop a damn thing.

If I were a Republican, I’d just keep attacking Congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. I can’t stand both their asses, so I wouldn’t cry a river of tears if the Republicans were able to embarrass either of them into stepping down.

Do me a favor, righties!

10 thoughts on “President Obama Picks Sonia Sotomayor for SCOTUS

  1. It’s already starting.She is more than qualified. She been cleared by the Senate twice and appointed once by a Republican and Democrat. If the rethugs go after her on nonsense, it will backfire.

  2. Latinos are now the largest minority, and yet, they still hold few key appointments. It’s about time.

  3. I hope the GOP does show their asses at the confirmation hearing. They’re barely hanging on to the Latino vote by a thread, and if they do anything to hold up the process that’s another voting bloc they can kiss goodbye. I’m especially interested to see what Kay Bailey Hutchison (bid for Texas governor) and John McCain (re-election to Senate) do. It would be difficult (if not impossible) for them to win their races without Latino support.

  4. Personally, I was hoping for a sista but a Puerto Rican mommy is as close as you can She is extremely accomplished and a perfect pick juxtaposed to the conservative’s currently sitting on the high court. Her story mirrors Obama’s in many ways which is why they are both so endearing to most people. You have to have some balls as a women to come from the Bronx projects to the Supreme Court of the U.S. Congratulations to my Latino sisters and brothers; this one’s for you.

  5. I hope the Re pubs trip all over themselves trying to oppose Sotomayor’s appointment; I love watching the train wreck that is the Republican Party. I mean when the former Vice President of the US says he would rather side with a know drug addict, lying, narcissist than the former joint chief of staff of the united states; Houston you know there’s a problem.

  6. Benjamin Cardozo was the first Hispanic (Latino, Ibero-American)[citation needed] and second person of Jewish descent, after Louis Brandeis, to be appointed to the Supreme Court. In his years as an Associate Justice, he handed down opinions that stressed the necessity for the law to adapt to the realities and needs of modern life.

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