In an excellent post one 10 Things You Should Know (about Sotomayor), number 7 is quite revealing (Huffington Post):
Sotomayor’s record on two key hot button cultural issues is thin. But, quite notably, her sole opinion regarding abortion was in line with the anti-abortion movement’s position.
That said, pro-choice groups hailed her nomination, with Planned Parenthood declaring that she “understands the importance of ensuring that our Supreme Court justices respect precedent while also protecting our civil liberties.”
What? Her one ruling is anti-choice, and pro-choicers are supporting her?
Sotomayor has also not ruled on any cases involving gay civil rights, but gay legal activists described her positively
Does this remind anyone of the early supporters of Obama? Who said he was amazing yet avoided specifics?
Sonia Sotomayor does have a plus, she has an incredibly impressive about of judicial experience. But the broad bipartisan support she has enjoyed thus far, along with her relative silence in a long career on key social issues, leaves me wondering whether Obama is simply going to replace retiring justices with centrists. I wonder why Democrats are excited by Sotomayor when I read something like this:
Additionally, the White House points out, “Known as a moderate on the court, Sotomayor often forges consensus and agreeing with her more conservative nominees far more frequently than she disagrees with them. In cases where Sotomayor and at least one judge appointed by a Republican president were on the three-judge panel, Sotomayor and the Republican appointee(s) agreed on the outcome 95% of the time.”
That’s staggering! With “centrists” like that on a court staffed with die hard conservatives appointed by Bush, what impact will that have on laws in this country for years to come?