Most of the discussion moving forward will center around appointment confirmation politics, but let’s take a quick look back at the nomination politics. A number of other names were floated, but in the end, Sonya Sotomayor proved irresistible to President Barack Obama because:
1. She’s Hispanic. *
2. She’s a woman.
3. She’s young.
4. She’s decidedly liberal.
Other reasons include:
5. Her experience. *
6. Her “compelling life story.”*
Some are saying she’ll be the first Hispanic to serve on the high court if confirmed. In fact, that may be in dispute (I believe it was Benjamin Cardoza who some say was the first Hispanic to serve on SCOTUS). She’s the third woman, so there’s no “trailblazing” being done here, although feminists in the Democrat base will certainly be thrilled.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) was on MSNBC this morning and made clear that this process should be a methodical one. He also expressed concern about her jurisprudence and philosophy of law.
I’m glad to see Hatch out early on this. I wouldn’t expect him to be opposed right away – that wouldn’t be prudent, from either a substantive or political basis, in his position. But hopefully his comments are a reflection of a willingness to go to the mat on the part of the Senate GOP, if that proves necessary.
* Not that any of these factors mattered to Democrats who blocked the promotion of Judge Miguel Estrada during the Bush years. Just remember that the next time a left wing activist groups insinuates racism during this nomination process.