Is Obama Playing Identity Politics by Picking Sotomayor for the Supreme Court?

Conservatives charge that Sotomayor and Obama are emphasizing biography over judgment.

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Obama's choice of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court is facing a common strand of criticism from conservative opponents. Conservative Peter Kirsanow expresses this with the following: "The nomination of Judge Sotomayor demonstrates that identity politics not only remains alive and well, but may be accompanied by an unabashedly racialist interpretive doctrine." Is Judge Sotomayor's appointment based on identity politics? Does Sotomayor hold an "unabashedly racialist interpretive doctrine"? Post your thoughts. And don't forget to check out the debate on Sotomayor's nomination in The Chat Room.

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