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    Is Sotomayor a Political choice...

    ...meaning not among the very best choices?

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    Re: Is Sotomayor a Political choice...

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    ...meaning not among the very best choices?

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    Well, ALL Supreme Court picks are political choices to some extent. If a candidate doesn't roughly match the president's political ideology, the president isn't going to pick him/her no matter how qualified he/she is.

    With that said, I personally would have preferred Elena Kagan, Diane Wood, or Pamela Karlan. I'm sure Sotomayor will be fine, but I think that intellectualism is an important trait for a Supreme Court pick, because they can sway the opinions of other justices over time and actually have more influence than just their one vote. And I'm not sure that Sotomayor has that particular trait.
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    Re: Is Sotomayor a Political choice...

    I do not see this as a yes or no question. Was politics involved in the decision? Of course. Was politics the deciding measure? I don't think so.

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    Re: Is Sotomayor a Political choice...

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I do not see this as a yes or no question. Was politics involved in the decision? Of course. Was politics the deciding measure? I don't think so.
    Well put. I think she's well qualified (after briefly reviewing her résumé) but she's being picked by a Democratic president. And I'm guessing her Hispanic heritage wasn't an accident.

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    Re: Is Sotomayor a Political choice...

    The thing I see with Sotomayer isn't that she can sway and influence judges on the bench, I don't think she can, what I see is that she doesn't really know what the SCOTUS is all about and can, over time, be swayed by Thomas and Scalia.

    IN otherwords, this can backfire on Obama in more ways than one.

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    Re: Is Sotomayor a Political choice...

    All supreme court nominees are political choices. A president is going to choose a candidate that closely matches his ideology as closely as possible. Qualifications is not the deciding factor, if was then we would not be trying to submit every nominee to a litmus test(which we should submit nominees to litmus). Hopefully the opposition does everything they can do prevent certain people from getting nominated.
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    Re: Is Sotomayor a Political choice...

    Maybe Obama picked Sotomayor now because he knows that he's probably going to get at least two more nominees. I think Sotomayor will probably be more of a fight than most of the other likely nominees, so if Obama is really set on putting her on the Supreme Court, I guess it makes sense to pick her now while he's still riding high in the polls.

    But really, Sotomayor isn't even in my top five. If Obama wants to pick a fight while the Republicans are weak, he'd have a better nominee in Pamela Karlan IMO.
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    Re: Is Sotomayor a Political choice...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Well, ALL Supreme Court picks are political choices to some extent. If a candidate doesn't roughly match the president's political ideology, the president isn't going to pick him/her no matter how qualified he/she is.

    With that said, I personally would have preferred Elena Kagan, Diane Wood, or Pamela Karlan. I'm sure Sotomayor will be fine, but I think that intellectualism is an important trait for a Supreme Court pick, because they can sway the opinions of other justices over time and actually have more influence than just their one vote. And I'm not sure that Sotomayor has that particular trait.
    Maybe she is trainable. Maybe Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas can help her evolve in the job.

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    Re: Is Sotomayor a Political choice...

    Appointed by a political figure, and approved through a political body. Sounds like a political choice to me.
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    Re: Is Sotomayor a Political choice...

    Quote Originally Posted by TOJ View Post
    Maybe she is trainable. Maybe Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas can help her evolve in the job.

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    It's possible. There are numerous instances of Supreme Court Justices starting their career out with one political ideology, then shifting their views in time. The man Sotomayor is replacing is a perfect example of this.

    I just hope that Obama's next pick is a more intellectual heavy-hitter, who can go toe-to-toe with John Roberts in terms of brainpower and reasoning.
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