Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Obama Picks...

WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials tell The Associated Press that President Barack Obama intends to nominate federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor (SUHN'-ya soh-toh-my-YOR') as the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court.

Sotomayor, 54, would succeed retiring Justice David Souter if confirmed by the Senate. The officials spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because Obama has not yet announced his decision.

Sotomayor, an appeals court judge and former New York prosecutor and private lawyer. President George H.W. Bush nominated her as a federal judge; Clinton nominated her to the appeals court.

Not to toot my own horn too much, but I did call it back on May 14th.

Sonia Sotomayor is another moderate that would probably have little resistance in the Senate. The ABA considers her a centrist. She is also a female and Latino, so she has a double-miniority status that would allow Obama to play identity politics with his choice in two categories.