What Could Have Been

Sotomayor Disappoints the Left

Judge Sonia Sotomayor's poised performance and non-ideological perspective in her hearings may clear the way for an easy confirmation, but it is upsetting some liberals who feel that President Obama blew an opportunity to push the Supreme Court further to the left. Doug Kendall, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, a left-leaning think tank, told the Washington Post that the hearings were a "totally missed opportunity....The progressive legal project hit rock bottom [last] week." Some feel that Sotomayor should have articulated a more clearly progressive vision in her testimony, while others fantasize about having a "liberal Scalia" on the bench as a counterweight to its most conservative members. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, for example, complained to the Post that "you don't have anybody on the court as liberal as the conservatives are conservative."