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26th May
2009
written by Sean Noble

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President Obama officially nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy being created by Justice Souter’s retirement this summer.

This was not unexpected.  We knew it was going to be a woman, and the historical appeal of appointing the first Hispanic to the bench was too good to pass up.  And Sotomayor has a VERY compelling personal story – so compelling, it was probably impossible for Obama to NOT tap her.

Sotomayor is not getting a free pass from some on the left.  My guess is that her confirmation process is going to be a little rocky.  She has been a bit of a judicial activist, and that will be a strong line of questioning by Republicans and they will be less interested in her personal story.  One thing for sure, it’s going to be an interesting summer. 

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3 Comments

  1. Kel
    27/05/2009

    While I am not exactly happy about this appointment,I am, more than anything, curious to see how this plays out…

  2. Chelsea
    27/05/2009

    I agree with you that this was biography over qualifications. Obama is nothing if not a master politician (and that is not a compliment).

  3. 28/05/2009

    I cant wait to watch the GOP dig a grave over this. Did I read that Romney wants a filibuster??? Wonderful!

    Sean you correctly pointed out that some on the left (FAAAAAR LEFT) won’t give her a free pass. I guess that means if the far left don’t like her, and the extreme right don’t like her, then Obama picked a sensible replacement to the SCOTUS.

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