In the post-Holiday rush of news, this is one toward the top of the list: Obama has finally named his nominee for the United States Supreme Court and it’s federal appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina to the highest court.
Republicans have said they will withhold judgement on her until after the confirmation hearings later this summer and let’s hope they do just that.
There is a lot of information – both for and against – right now about her. But, the only way to determine for sure whether she’s right for the job will be what is revealed about her during those hearings.
It’s obvious that Obama was playing politics with this choice because he was under pressure especially to choose a woman and a Hispanic. But he’s not the first President to employ politics in naming someone to the Court. It really doesn’t matter in the long run because – politics aside – a good judge is a good judge and, if passing confirmation, that ability to make fair and wise decisions will be there anyway.
Let’s all wait and see the real Sotomayor, rather than the spin the news portrays, in the hearings and then decide whether she’s right for the position!