Posted by Eric on May 26, 2009
Sonia Sotomayor will be Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. A friend quips about how Republican opposition should really ingratiate the GOP with Hispanic and female voters. And he’s right – there’s, unsurprisingly, a real level of political acumen in the move.
Anyway, it will be nice to get some diversity on the court, though I don’t have a whole lot more to say than anyone else does. More soon…
Updated with chatter from the sphere. From the progressives:
It’s a good, solid pick. Not a home run like Pam Karlan would have been, but I also don’t think she’ll be another Stephen Breyer; I see another Ruth Bader Ginsburg at worst. For me, she would have been #2 among the viable candidates after Diane Wood, and I don’t think Wood is clearly more liberal; they’re within a range in which appellate court records don’t reveal enough information to make firm judgments.
…and of course Drudge is highlighting TNR’s “Sotomayor is a stupid bitch according to my anonymous friends” article.
Turned the teevee on…”liberal political activist in the first order.” According to a former clerk for Clarence Thomas. President Gingrich has not weighed in yet.
At his best, Obama ignores and is even willing to act contrary to the standard establishment Washington voices and mentality that have corrupted our political culture for so long. His choice of Sotomayor is a prime example of his doing exactly that, and for that reason alone, ought to be commended.
And from the con blogs:
Obama’s Harriet Miers.
Conservatives rejoice. Of all the picks Obama could have picked, he picked the most intellectually shallow.
Seems that liberals like her. Conservatives don’t. Who woulda thunked it?