Pres. Obama announced his nomination to replace Justice Souter on the SCOTUS:
Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
From what I am hearing and reading, she seems pretty far to the left. She is certainly not an originalist. There are indications that she sees the role of judge at these higher levels as activist. Also, she seems to view the work of judges from the view of identity politics.
Will/does she interpret law or attempt to legislate from the bench?
What is the role of a judge/justice?
As things stand now, there is almost no chance that she will not be confirmed.
Her appointment will not really change the composition of the court, as I understand Sotomayor’s record.
The confirmation process must therefore shape what will happen in the next round of nomination/controversy/confirmation.
This may be a good opportunity for the opposition to define themselves and learn how better to communicate how they differ from the dominant left.
Justice Souter is leaving the Court at 69 years of age, perhaps young for a Supreme Justice to retire. Judge Sotomayor is only 55 years of age.
NB: Pres. Obama, when he was a Senator, voted against Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito.