I have not been pleased with many of Obama's appointments because they don't have the qualifications for the jobs they fill. I understand, though, that's politics. I had hoped Obama would play the game differently. It is apparently not to be.
His choice of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court confirms it. First I don't subscribe to the notion that the justice need be a woman nor a Hispanic if either, or as in this case one and the same, is not the best possible person available. Oh, I know, women are under represented and so are Hispanics. So are American Indians, Asian Americans and dozens of other ethnic groups who are all citizens of the United States! They just don't happen to represent voting blocks of any magnitude.
That she feels the court is to make law rather than interpret it is troublesome. That she ruled in favor of the City of New Haven, CT against the white firefighters that were denied promotions because there was no black that passed the test doesn't just smack of racism, it's a knock out punch. That she has been overturned more than the soil in my garden doesn't comfort me either. According to Politico her views on other issues are all across the board. She's elusive. As a way to stymie those who will be questioning her for confirmation, this may be a smart political ploy. For the people of this country and for the President who put her name forward, this is risky business.
According to all the conservative talk shows today Rahm Emanuel pushed hard for Ms. Sotomayor over Obama's instincts. There is no way of knowing how true this is but from what I've seen I would trust my instincts and say the possibility is high. That also goes to the issue that Emanuel, as chief of staff, is doing the governing while Obama continues to campaign.
The bright side is, if confirmed, she is but one vote on the Court of nine. The dim side is that while the Republicans will rail against her, they have no leadership to take the argument to the people. Even dimmer is that Obama may have two more seats to fill before he leaves office.
The Supreme Court is not supposed to be warm and fuzzy and bring one's personal life history into decisions. They are to sort out conflicting opinions in law and uphold the Constitution.
Obama has stated he believes the Constitution is flawed. If he is going to appoint justices who agree with that stance, we may end up thinking the Bush administration abuses were a walk in the park.