The SCOTUS situation The Washington Post ran an article this weekend called “In Court Pick, Obama Seeks to Be Bold but Not Provocative,” and in exchange for passing on this spin, they saw fit to advance anonymous attacks against Sonia Sotomayor–the court of appeals judge thought to be the leading candidate on President Obama’s short list to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter.
Sotomayor presents the most obvious “first” that Obama could fulfill: She would be the first Hispanic justice. And she offers the most compelling life story: Raised by her mother in a Bronx housing project after her father died, Sotomayor rose to the highest academic achievements at Princeton and then Yale Law School. Some say, though, that she has not distinguished herself on the appeals court.
It’s unclear whether “some” consists of people whispering to the Post directly, or whether they’re relying on the same “some” who approached The New Republic‘s legal correspondent Jeffery Rosen over the past couple weeks to anonymously question Sotomayor’s fitness.
After publishing that article, Rosen himself ultimately concluded that “Sotomayor is an able candidate–at least as able as some of the current Supreme Court justices–and if Obama is convinced she is the best candidate on his short list, he should pick her.”