Word has leaked that President Obama will nominate U.S. appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court.
Based on everything I’ve read, she’s an excellent choice. Raised in the Bronx by her mother after the death of her father, she graduated summa cum laude from Princeton and went on to Yale Law. She’s worked as a prosecutor and was appointed to the federal judiciary by the first President Bush. Her intelligence and hard work are widely acknowledged.
But of course, with the right-wing noise machine already primed to squeal regardless of who the nominee might be, we’re still going to hear a lot of complaints. In the end, the excesses of that campaign will hurt the conservative cause more than help it, and Sotomayor will be confirmed.