A Hispanic woman born into poverty, educated at Ivy League universities, nominated by Republicans and Democrats alike to posts in the federal judiciary, Sonia Sotomayor of the Bronx makes a compelling story as President Obama's choice to replace Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court. But was she the right choice? In U.S. News's monthly series The Chat Room, advocates on both sides of the debate get their say, first in separate op-eds, then for several days as guests on the Thomas Jefferson Street blog.
Sotomayor Replaces Souter… So What? One Liberal In, One Liberal Out
One liberal in, one liberal out. Whatever, says Rich Galen.
Sotomayor is Obama's Second Salvo in the Culture Wars
Sotomayor the second salvo in culture wars, writes Brad Bannon.
Sotomayor's Great Legal Mind Long Ago Defeated Race, Gender Nonsense
A great legal mind makes criticism dumb, argues Sherrilyn Ifill.
Sotomayor's and Obama's Identity Politics Leave Blind Justice at Risk
Identity politics are a threat to blind justice, says Robert Alt.