Sotomayor Hits the Hill

Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation process is beginning to look like a condensed version of the Obama campaign, as top Democrats continued praising ad nauseum the Supreme Court nominee's "underdog" background. "We have the whole package here," Sen. Harry Reid said, adding that Sotomayor's life story is "compelling." Sotomayor has been caught in a whirlwind of stereotyping and accusations of racism since her nomination for the Supreme Court, and Senator Patrick Leahy said the venom surrounding the process "demands that she has a hearing earlier than later." Meanwhile, Politico reports that nearly 150 leading conservatives have sent a letter to Republican senators demanding they fight hard against her confirmation.