Maybe I just have too much empathy. But I admit shedding a couple of tears, standing in the East Room of the White House and watching the first African-American president of the United States nominate the first Latina to the U.S. Supreme Court. Anyone who doesn’t value the historic significance of that moment doesn’t understand what America’s all about.
As Obama’s first nominee to the court, Sonia Sotomayor is an inspired choice. Most importantly, she is exceptionally well-qualified for the post. After serving as both assistant district attorney and corporate litigator, she was nominated to the federal district court in 1992 by President George H.W. Bush and presided over some 450 cases. In 1998, President Bill Clinton elevated her to the federal appeals court, where she’s participated in more than 3,000 decisions and authored 380 opinions, only five of which have been overturned by the Supreme Court.