Sotomayor Reactions

Daily Beast contributors on President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

05.26.09 11:53 AM ET

Daily Beast contributors and other writers on both sides of the spectrum weigh in on President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

Is Sotomayor Getting Palin-ed?
by Elaine Lafferty

Conservatives are about to make the same stupid mistake on Sonia Sotomayor that the left took on Sarah Palin: questioning her intelligence, writes former Ms. magazine chief Elaine Lafferty. MORE >>


Closing the Case Against Sotomayor
by Scott Horton

Three lines of attack have been outlined against Sonia Sotomayor: The Princeton and Yale Law graduate is dim, a product of affirmative action, and a reverse-racist. The Daily Beast’s Scott Horton debunks each one. MORE >>


Sotomayor: The Movie
by The Daily Beast

Sonia Sotomayor’s life story is ready-made for Hollywood. Who will play her and the other Supremes? VIEW OUR GALLERY of the dream cast. MORE >>


The GOP's Suicide Mission
by Mark McKinnon

Memo to my party: Blasting targets like Sonia Sotomayor and Colin Powell is a surefire strategy to guarantee our extinction. MORE >>


An Affirmative Action Pick
by Dana Goldstein

And there’s nothing wrong with that. MORE >>



My Inside Tips for Sonia
by Kenneth Duberstein

How can Sotomayor assure her confirmation? Former Reagan Chief of Staff Ken Duberstein, who guided Kennedy, Souter, and Thomas, shares 10 secrets for a smooth trip to the High Court. MORE >>


A Persistent Pioneer
by Patricia J. Williams

Obama’s powerhouse Supreme Court pick will be confirmed, The Daily Beast’s Patricia J. Williams writes. But that doesn’t mean the battle over Sotomayor’s “bullying” temperament and breadth of experience won’t be bruising. MORE >>


The GOP's Supreme Problem
by Reihan Salam

Republicans fear that bashing Obama's nominee could set off an ugly reaction with women and Hispanic voters. The Daily Beast's Reihan Salam on how to fight without being offensive. MORE >>


Empathy Trumps Excellence
by John Yoo

John Yoo—Berkeley Law professor, one-time clerk for Clarence Thomas, former deputy assistant attorney general, American Enterprise Institute visiting scholar, and author of War by Other Means: An Insider's Account of the War on Terro—argues that sterling credentials do not necessarily make an excellent justice. MORE >>


Only in America
by Irasema Garza

Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination is an immense moment of pride for the Latino community—and a story that would not have been possible in any other country, Irasema Garza writes. MORE >>


One Tough Judge
by Scott Horton

Sonia Sotomayor built a reputation (and made a lot of enemies) by driving prosecutors nuts, The Daily Beast’s Scott Horton reports. Now, the questions begin about her religion and her mysterious views on abortion. MORE >>


The Sonia I Know
by Stephen L. Carter

The bestselling author—and her former law-school classmate and editor—on why he's been rooting for her nomination all along. MORE >>


Obama's Secret High Court Diversion
by Richard Wolffe

The president will reawaken his dormant grassroots network to push Sonia Sotomayor, The Daily Beast’s Richard Wolffe reports—a plan designed to divert attention away from his real summer agenda. MORE >>


Big Fat Story: 6 Angles on Judging Sonia
by The Daily Beast

Obama’s nominee has been called a judicial activist and had her intelligence questioned. But she has an inspiring personal story and could help Obama and the Democrats reshape the political landscape. Six angles on a historic nomination. MORE >>