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.