As the hearing are wearing on, I think it’s becoming increasingly apparent that Sonya Sotomayor is in no way, shape or form qualified to sit on the Supreme Court. If this is not the case, nothing I’ve seen or heard from the hearings is giving me any cause to think otherwise. But she’s likely going to be confirmed, as the Republicans admit they don’t have the votes to stop her.
I’m not sure she is the worst we could get from Obama. Given the choice between an intellectually lightweight lefty on the Court, and an intellectually strong lefty, who might be able to persuade other justices, I think I’ll take the former. Plus, if there’s even a chance we could get her to recuse herself from the incorporation case, that might be something.
But I also think Sotomayor is not as clueless as she’s coming across in the hearings. I suspect what she’s covering is beliefs that are far outside the mainstream, and views on her role as a judge that are entirely inappropriate for a Supreme Court Justice. I am honestly torn over what to hope for with her. Perhaps it’s best to let Obama put his political pick on the Court, and hope that after the midterms, the Republicans might have more numbers to put up a fight when Obama picks his non-political, intellectual ideologue Justice for the Court.