Judging Judge Sotomayor

“Sonia Sotomayor:  Good Nomination or Bad?”

Sounds like Fox News or MSNBC, reducing a complex, important question to a sound bite.

Nope.  It’s the title of last night’s lively discussion at the Westport Library.

TEAM Westport — our town’s diversity council — sponsored the forum, its 4th in a series on race and politics.

In small groups, over 2 dozen men and women debated topics like the political factors that led to Sotomayor’s nomination; her qualifications and temperament, and her potential impact on the Supreme Court.

Among the conclusions:

  • Sotomayor’s judicial record is not “pro-Hispanic”
  • There is no such thing as a completely objective decision — life experience and background always play a part
  • She has more judicial experience than most justices
  • Her selection is Obama’s payback to Hispanics
  • Stereotyping women, Catholics, Hispanics, liberals, conservatives — or anyone else — is  counterproductive
  • As a Hispanic and a woman, Sotomayor’s “persona” could change the dynamic on the court, and impact other justices
  • Her ability to deal with diabetes is a sign of strength and discipline
  • Sotomayor shows her “human-ness” — and may take heat for that

After lively discussion, the question — good nomination or bad? — was unanswered.  Opinions were divided.

Just like — hey! — the Supreme Court itself.

Library-goers debate the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

Library-goers debate the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

One response to “Judging Judge Sotomayor

  1. For the fourth time in six cases, the Supreme Court of the United States has reversed a decision for which Judge Sonia Sotomayor voted on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. If this nominee were a white male, would this not raise questions about whether he should be elevated to a court that has found his previous decisions wrong two-thirds of the times when those decisions have been reviewed?

    Link: http://townhall.com/columnists/ThomasSowell/2009/07/01/equality_on_trial