Judge Sotomayor Nomination: A Very Smart Political Move

Sonia Sotomayor and President Barack Obama

Article By Gilbert Mercier, News Junkie Editor

President Obama made a very wise choice in his nomination of Judge Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, for three key reasons.

First, the gender issue: The nomination of a woman was expected by most reporters. The Supreme Court will have two women again. It is still a gender tilted (in relationship with the US population) representation, but it is a step in the right direction.

Second, the fact that the Judge is a Latina is a fantastic political move: It will help Obama & the Democrats extend an even greater support from the Hispanic community. Latinos are by far the fastest growing demographic group in America. This additional support from Hispanics could literally give the Democrats a permanent majority in Congress, especially if immigration reforms are voted.

Third, and this is probably the strongest argument for the nomination: Judge Sotomayor remarkable life story offers a great narrative. It is a life story very similar to the one of President Obama himself. She was raised in the South Bronx by her widow Puerto-Rican mother. She succeeded against all odds due to her hard work & great intellectual abilities.

Just like Obama, she is the living proof that in America anything is still possible. It is a good message to send in this period of crisis & hardship.

This ACLU report, released on 6/8/2009, summarizes the civil liberties & civil rights track record of Judge Sonia Sotomayor. The Senate confirmation process of Judge Sotomayor will start in mid-July.

This White House press release gives a detail background on Judge Sotomayor.

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