May 26, 2009

WITH THE UR, POLITICS ALWAYS TRUMPS POLICY:

Obama Selects Sotomayor for Court (PETER BAKER and JEFF ZELENY, 5/27/09, NY Times)

President Obama has decided to nominate the federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, choosing a daughter of Puerto Rican parents raised in Bronx public housing projects to become the nation’s first Hispanic justice, officials said Tuesday.

The decision, to be announced Tuesday morning, will be Mr. Obama’s first selection to the Supreme Court and could trigger a struggle with Senate Republicans who have indicated they may oppose the nomination. But Democrats control nearly the 60 votes necessary to choke off a filibuster and even Republicans said they have little hope of blocking confirmation barring unforeseen revelation


So he goes with a lighterweight pick, less likely to influence the Court, but one who not only helps with his bona fides among Latinos but, if he's really lucky, one who the GOP damages itself among Latinos by its opposition. It's a cynical move, but outstanding politics.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 26, 2009 9:11 AM
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