President Obama tabbed Sonia Sotomayor to replace Justice Souter. She’s a woman and a Hispanic, which means that it’s going to be a long partisan summer in DC during her confirmation process irregardless of her impecable credentials.
The debates are never about their credentials and resumes but always about abortion, or something like that. There was some of this with Justice Alito and Justice Roberts; despite not siding with them philosophically, it’s immeasurably difficult to argue they aren’t qualified to serve as a SCJ.
The same thing will happen with Sotomayor. I’m intensely curious to see this process unfold.
Senate Republicans claim they will reserve judgment on Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, but really all that means is they’re still crunching the data to see what attack phrases work (hello! liberal activist judge) and how far they can push the “she’s a woman and Hispanic and pro-killing babies!” attack before they cross the line and alienate moderate voters and the entire Hispanic community.
When all is said and done though, she saved baseball after the 94-95 strike, even if that did lead to the steroids era. And because of that, and well, her resume for crying out loud — which is jaw-dropping — and because the Dems essential control the process, this should be a slam dunk.
Many will point out whether or not this will make her the first Hispanic to serve of the SCOTUS, but the TPM crowd is debating whether that is true. Minute semantics, though.