Is Sonia Sotomayor the right pick for the U.S. Supreme Court?

Obama Sotomayor Beiden White House     President Obama is nominating New York Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace outgoing David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed she will be the first Hispanic to serve on the nation’s highest court.
    “Over a distinguished career that spans three decades,” Obama said, “Judge Sotomayor has worked at almost every level of our judicial system, providing her with a depth of experience and a breadth of perspective that will be invaluable as a Supreme Court justice.” Her career covers the public and private sectors, including 11 years as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit of New York the Federal Court, prosecutor, and corporate litigator.
    The president noted that her life experiences also qualified her for a seat on the bench. Quoting Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, he said, “The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.”
    “But as impressive and meaningful as Judge Sotomayor’s sterling credentials in the law is her own extraordinary journey,” Obama said. “Born in the South Bronx, she was raised in a housing project not far from Yankee Stadium….”
    “Along the way she’s faced down barriers, overcome the odds, lived out the American Dream that brought her parents here so long ago. And even as she has accomplished so much in her life, she has never forgotten where she began, never lost touch with the community that supported her. What Sonia will bring to the Court, then, is not only the knowledge and experience acquired over a course of a brilliant legal career, but the wisdom accumulated from an inspiring life’s journey.” (Read Obama’s entire statement here.)
    Republicans have vowed a vigorous confirmation process. Republican Senator John Cornyn (Texas) said she must “prove her commitment to impartially deciding cases based on the law, rather than based on her own personal politics, feelings, and preferences,” according to a CNN story.
    What do you think? How do you feel about the nomination?

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