iSi se puede!

No matter what else we say about my college classmate President Barack Obama, he will always be credited with nominating America’s first Latino U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, confirmed by the Senate today, with 68 votes yes, and 31 Republicans voting no and basically circling their wagons (and writing off their own future chances among Latino voters, America’s fastest growing demographic, rather than risk alienating what’s left of their reactionary, racist aging rural and exurban White base.)
Though hardly the “activist judge” or the “scary liberal” (or even “the wise Latina”) she has been pitched as, Judge Sotomayor has been a solid, thoughtful presence on the federal bench here in New York, and we have no doubt she will be a credit to the Supreme Court. At only 54 years of age, we can hope that she will serve to offset the soulless, heartless, dishonest extremism of Roberts and Alito and the more straightforward extremism of Scalia and Thomas, for years and years to come.