Mixed Reactions Pour in on Obama Nominee Sotomayor


President Obama has made his choice for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court -- federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor. If confirmed, the Bronx-born Sotomayor would be the first ever Latino justice on the High Court. Predictably, reaction to the pick is divided sharply along political and ideological lines. Here's what people are saying:

"I have decided to nominate an inspiring woman who I believe will make a great justice... Along the way, she's faced down barriers, overcome the odds and lived out the American dream that brought her parents here so long ago."

--- President Obama

"In picking Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama has confirmed that identity politics matter to him more than merit. Judge Sotomayor is not one of the leading lights of the federal judiciary and would not even have been on the shortlist if she were not Hispanic."
-- Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow, Center for Constitutional Studies and editor-in-chief, Cato Supreme Court Review

"It's here! It is the right nominee. It is a woman who will make this country and the U.S. Supreme Court proud, so I'm not going to ask whether it (a Latino Justice) was a long time coming. I'm just glad that it is here."
-- Roberto Ramirez, president-elect, Puerto Rican Bar Association

“She believes the role of the Court is to set policy, which is exactly the philosophy that led to the Supreme Court turning into the National Abortion Control Board. This appointment would provide a pedestal for an avowed judicial activist to impose her personal policy and beliefs onto others from the bench at a time when the Courts are at a crossroads.”
-- Charmaine Yoest, president, Americans United for Life

"(Sotomayor) brings a lifelong commitment to equality, justice and opportunity, as well as the respect of her peers, unassailable integrity, and a keen intellect informed by experience."
-- National Organization for Women

Sotomayor comes from the far left. The notion that appellate court decisions are to be interpreted by the ‘feelings’ of the judge is a direct affront of the basic premise of our judicial system that is supposed to apply the law without personal emotion. If she is confirmed, then we need to take the blindfold off Lady Justice."
-- Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas Governor

"He selected somebody who virtually guarantees a confirmation fight. This would be the person the Republicans likely would have selected for the political potential."
-- Jonathan Turley, George Washington University law professor


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