Back in the Princeton days. Sounds good, don’t it? The only other sitting justices who failed to clear the symbolic 70-vote threshold are Justices Alito and Thomas. Nate Silver says it’s unclear how much the proportion of Latin@s in a senator’s state would influence the way they voted on Sotomayor. …among the five Republicans in the Read More

cross-posted at my place Judging from the past month of political controversy, you could be forgiven for thinking that the United States had mysteriously warped back to the early 1990s.  After all, the similarities are striking: not only are Republicans again trying to sink a young Democratic president’s ambitious attempt at health care reform, but Read More

I tried my best to avoid the hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor. It’s honestly hard to tell what the Senators really think because they’re so busy show-boating, and the only thing you’ll learn about Sotomayor is that she, like others before her, has the innate or practiced ability to be as bland as possible in Read More

[via.] “Unless you have a complete meltdown, you’re going to get confirmed.” — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) to Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

Hey, has anyone else seen that picture of President Obama ogling that 17-year-old girl’s ass at the G8 summit in Italy?: Of course you didn’t. Because there’s no such picture and he wasn’t doing that. Silly rabbits. And without any further ado, your reading material from the weekend: 1. On Friday, the Washington Post reportedthat Read More

Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog takes a look at Sotomayor’s rulings on cases involving race while she sat on the Second Circuit. There are roughly 100.  They cover the gamut from employment discrimination to racial bias in jury selection. I decided that I would stop and write an interim report once I got through her 50 most Read More

(x-posted from U.S. of J.) One thing that’s been strikingly common in conservative criticism of Judge Sotomayor – and particularly criticism of her “wise Latina” remarks at Berkley – is the assertion that we’re witnessing some sort of liberal double standard.  “If Sotomayor were a white male,” the complaint usually goes, “she would be attacked Read More

Discuss. UPDATE. More on Sotomayor: Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog predicts what we can expect in the leadup to the confirmation hearings. He also has a handy round-up of her apellate opinions. Ambinder details how Sotomayor, who had been at the top of the president’s list from jump, ended up being the pick. He also gets Read More