It's almost official. Obama is set to announce at 10:15 am EST.
“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” -Sonia Sotomayer (source)
Sonia Sotomayor seems to be the farthest left of all the possibilities that have been floated since Souter's resignation announcement, but lucky for us Obama himself set a precedent of filibustering a SCOTUS nominee when he did so with Justice Alito. And his own words ring true to me when it comes to Sotomayor:
"...We need to recognize, because Judge Alito [change to Sotomayor] will be confirmed, that, if we’re going to oppose a nominee that we’ve got to persuade the American people that, in fact, their values are at stake,” Obama said.
“There’s one way to guarantee that the judges who are appointed to the Supreme Court are judges that reflect our values. And that’s to win elections,” Obama said. (source)
Their values ARE at stake...this woman has said "court of appeals is where policy is made." (source)
Here is an interesting read about Obama's far-left pick...and another at SCOTUS Blog.
Great American rags to riches story or not, shouldn't that sweater alone be enough to disqualify her?!