He actually found someone qualified who is basically a moderate with a mixed record. Judge Sonya Sotomayor, does indeed fit the need on the Supreme Court for diversity in life experience, gender and ethnicity. She is a moderate liberal, who has sided with business and ruled against minority lawsuit plaintiffs. So what's to complain about?
Mark Davis, a local columnist with the Dallas Morning News: "President Obama has, unfortunately, given us exactly what he promised, a nominee who allows feelings and personal agendas to color her judicial temperament."
Ronald Cass of Real Clear Politics opines: "President Obama [picked] a nominee less for her intellect, her understanding of the law, or her facility for interpreting and explaining the law than on her identity. Worse, he picked someone who sees identity as important to deciding what the law is, how it applies, and who wins and loses."
Stuart Taylor of National Journal Magazine says: "...apart from Sotomayor's Supreme Court prospects, her thinking is representative of the Democratic Party's powerful identity-politics wing."
"Sotomayor also referred to the cardinal duty of judges to be impartial as a mere "aspiration because it denies the fact that we are by our experiences making different choices than others." And she suggested that "inherent physiological or cultural differences" may help explain why "our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.""
"So accustomed have we become to identity politics that it barely causes a ripple when a highly touted Supreme Court candidate, who sits on the federal Appeals Court in New York, has seriously suggested that Latina women like her make better judges than white males."
But then there's this...
This is going to be very, very interesting!