President Obama has nominated Circuit Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his Supreme Court nominee to replace retiring Justice David Souter. If confirmed, she will be the first Hispanic justice and the third woman to serve on our nation’s highest court.
It will be interesting watching the Grand Obstructionist Party go after her. The liberal, activist judge meme is predictable. What’s not as predictable has been this early attack that she’s not smart enough, calling her “Obama’s Harriet Meyers,” when in fact:
Coming from a housing project in the Bronx, Sotomayor ended up graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton. She also was a co-recipient of the M. Taylor Pyne Prize, the highest honor Princeton awards to an undergraduate. Sotomayor then went to Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal and managing editor of the Yale Studies in World Public Order. Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) said on Fox News this morning that of all the nominees, Sotomayor “brings the most in terms of judicial experience — in terms of serving on a federal court — in 100 years.”
My prediction that there will be a lot of noise coming from Fox News and the right blogosphere, but when it comes down to it, most Republican Senators will not vote against a Hispanic woman. Unless, of course, they don’t mind alienating those voting blocks. No, in the end, there will be a lot of hot air followed by an easy confirmation.
First Read gives us the Republican voting numbers when Sotomayor was confirmed the 2nd Circuit in 1998:
When the Senate confirmed Sonia Sotomayor to sit on the 2nd Circuit back in 1998, 29 Republicans voted AGAINST her -- including current Sens. Grassley, Hutchison, Kyl, McCain, McConnell, and Sessions (the latter of whom is the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee).
But 23 Republicans also voted FOR her -- including current Sens. Collins, Gregg, Hatch, Lugar, Snowe, and Specter (the latter of whom is now a Democrat).
Why do I suspect that it will be almost the same this time around?