Obama makes more history with Sotomayor nomination
by desmoinesdem, Tue May 26, 2009 at 07:22:15 AM EDT
The big news of the day is that President Barack Obama nominated U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. If confirmed, she would be the third woman to serve on the high court and the first Hispanic justice of either gender.
Sotomayor reportedly sealed the deal during her interview with the president last Thursday.
Senate Republicans will try to drag out the confirmation process, but there will be no long-term vacancy on the high court. Justice David Souter has made clear that he will retire once his replacement is confirmed.
I don't know a lot about Sotomayor, but I look forward to learning more. She has the qualities I wanted to see in a Supreme Court nominee, even if she is not as progressive as I would like. At the SCOTUS blog, Tom Goldstein previewed arguments for and against her nomination. Excerpt:
Objectively, her qualifications are overwhelming from the perspective of ordinary Americans. She has been a prosecutor, private litigator, trial judge, and appellate judge. No one currently on the Court has that complete package of experience.
On the other hand, this criminal defense attorney who has argued cases before her court isn't too impressed.
On principle, I am glad that a hit piece on Sotomayor filled with anonymous quotes did not derail her nomination. More on that hit piece is here.
Before I open the floor for comments, here's some Supreme Court-related humor from The Onion.
What do you think of Obama's choice?
UPDATE: Greg Sargent points out that"Seven Republicans currently in the Senate voted for the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor in 1998 as U.S. Circuit Court judge[...]." That's not counting Arlen Specter, who also voted to confirm her in 1998 but is no longer a Republican.
SECOND UPDATE: Sports fans may remember that as a U.S. district court judge, Sotomayor ended the baseball strike in 1995.