Feedie at Southern Appeal gives his take on the Sotomayor nomination to the Supreme Court.
My take on the appointment? She’s the best of the worst. Judge Sotomayor will almost certainly be a reliably liberal vote on the hot-button social issues, but she’s not going to play a leading role in shaping the jurisprudence of the Court (like Judge Diane Wood almost certainly would have done). She’s a political pick, plain and simple. I think the GOP would be wise not to waste too much political capital (assuming it has any left) on opposing this appointment. Judge Sotomayor will be confirmed, and strongly opposing her will only further alienate Hispanic voters. This is not to say that I don’t think we should expose her for the penumbra lover and radical that she is. Indeed, I am all for it. But the bottom line for me is that the folks waiting on President Obama’s on-deck circle are far, far worse. Think of it like a professional wrestling match: Let’s get in a few blows, and then let Obama have his pick. There are hills to die on, and this seat isn’t one of them (especially given the dems’ fillibuster-proof advantage in the Senate).
She was raised Catholic and so far there is no information on whether she still practices her faith. With the information available so far I think Feddie is right, it could have been worse. But when it comes to the child in the womb one vote upholding abortion on demand is the same as another. Considering what seems to be her judicial philosophy it certainly appears to be one that would hold up the legal fiction of Roe v. Wade. Unlike Republicans, Democrats have been great at picking nominees who don’t “grow in office.” Here’s praying she will be a disappointment for the enemy of the child in the womb.
Update: “Judge Sotomayor was raised as a Catholic and attends church for family celebrations and other important events.” [source]