New Republic Crashed-and-Burned-and-Smoking Watch

The New York Times editorial board sends like a shrill weblogger as it discusses the *Supreme Court* and the *New Republic’s* Jeffrey Rosen:>Choosing a New Justice – NYTimes.com: It has been a long time since a Democratic president has been able to fill a Supreme Court vacancy. The decision is especially delicate because the court is so closely divided. If Mr. Obama chooses someone who believes Roe v. Wade was wrong, for example, abortion rights could be lost for a generation. If he chooses someone who thinks campaign finance laws violate the First Amendment, the entire campaign finance regime could be struck down.>One reason that Judge Sotomayor, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, is often mentioned is that, as a woman of Puerto Rican descent, she offers diversity. She would be the first Hispanic justice and would raise the number of women on the court back to two. She grew up in a Bronx housing project, and her father, a Spanish-speaking tool-and-die worker with a third-grade education, died when she was young. She graduated summa cum laude from Princeton and from Yale Law School. Diane Wood, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago — who, like the president, has taught at the University of Chicago Law School — is another strong candidate…. Jennifer Granholm… Elena Kagan… Harold Hongjuh Koh….>Supreme Court… political fights… generally… begin when a candidate is picked. This time, the attacks have already begun, many aimed at Judge Sotomayor and beyond the pale of reasonable debate. She is being called insufficiently intellectual despite her stellar academic credentials. Her temperament is being assailed, generally by anonymous detractors…. Conservatives also have been attacking some of the potential nominees for being gay, possibly gay, or “gay friendly.” At a time when states such as Iowa and Maine are legalizing same-sex marriage, Mr. Obama should not be deterred. Adding a gay justice would make the court more fully representative of the nation….>President Obama… should ignore the uninformed and mean-spirited chattering and select the best person for the job.

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