I’m just gonna go ahead and throw this out there: President Obama is a fucking genius.
In Sonia Sotomayor, Obama has found a jurist who is not only astonishingly bright and incisive, and who’s inspiring life story represents a swath of America who has never before been represented on the Supreme Court, but also quite possibly the most dastardly clever political move of his presidency thus far (and that includes the hat trick that turned Senator Spector into a Democrat).
Yes, Sotomayor is imperfect. She isn’t a white washed legal scholor like John Roberts, with an easy smile and sly wit. And indeed, she did make that little comment that “the court of appeals is where policy is made” — which she was right about, by the way. The role of the court in the government is to insure that the laws are adhered to and executed faithfully, but it doens’t take a rocket scientist to notice that every geologic shift in this country for the past 70 or so years (with the noticeable exception of the Civil Rights Act) has originated in the courts. But I digress.
The point is, that all of that won’t matter a whit during the confirmation hearings to come. In case you forgot, Sotomayor is Hispanic. Keep in mind that in 2004 Bush managed to win 44% of the Hispanic vote, but in 2008 Obama garnered 67% of it. The Republican party knows that if they let the Dempcrats take away the fastest growing (and largest minority) voting bloc in the country, they’ll be out of power for decades. And what better way to make that happen than to block the very first (discounting the Portuguese-Jewish Justice Cardozo, who some for some reason cite)?
Baring some unfortunate revelation, this will be a slam dunk confirmation for the Obama administration. And hey, she may just end up being a pretty swell jurist too.