Some commentary has a longer shelf life than others. An earlier posting lasted minutes before President Barack Obama announced the appointment of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to fill the David Souter vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
She’ll attract considerable debate, largely because of a speech she made in 2001 where she seemed to express the opinion that a Latina woman and a white man would reach different conclusions when ruling on the law. Said she:
“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” She was speaking at a University of California diversity lecture.
She will also draw fire because of a statement she made in 2005 that the U.S. Court of Appeals, where she served, “is where policy is made.” Those are the words of an activist judge.
A fuller reading of her diversity remarks leaves her thoughts open to interpretation. I don’t think there’s a smoking gun there. It’s not enough to evoke a filibuster.
Initial reaction here is that, barring something else, she’ll be confirmed without filibuster.