Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mainstreaming extremism

Sonia Sotomayor is now a Supreme Court Justice, which is a good thing.

There's a cloud in the silver lining, though. Only nine Republicans could bring themselves to support her, despite these facts:

  1. She's obviously a moderate, both temperamentally and judicially.
  2. She won't change the balance of the Court at all.
  3. She's diabetic and thus sadly unlikely to stay on the Court into her eighties.
  4. She represents now the aspirations of the fastest growing large ethnic demographic.
We are a deeply divided nation, and the Republican Party is committed to deepening those divisions. Had they simply acquiesced to the craven logic of Sotomayor being the very best option for them, they could have pointed toward greater political unity. Instead, they chose to trash her for, in essence, one decision and one comment.

Update (8/8): Now it's official.


globeisatrocious said...

First affirmative action pick from an affirmative action president. Light weight delivered by lighter weight.

lovable liberal said...

Harriet Miers. Maybe she was the lightweight you were looking for.