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May 27th, 2009
10:58 AM ET

Sotomayor made it on her own

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Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Special to CNN

Listen closely. I'm going to say three words that you don't often hear from columnists: I was wrong. What's more, I've never been so pleased to be proven wrong.

About two weeks ago, I predicted that President Obama wouldn't nominate a Hispanic to the Supreme Court.

I said the fact that the name of U.S. Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor was on the short list was window dressing, the sort of cynical ploy that liberals use to get credit for doing something when they really haven't done anything.

One of my favorite examples dates back to 1984, when Vice President Walter Mondale, in search of a running mate, invited a number of elected officials to Camp David. He included Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young and San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros, although it was hard to believe that Mondale intended to choose either one since going from mayor of a medium-sized city to vice president is a leap. In the end, Mondale chose three-term Rep. Geraldine Ferraro.

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  1. lu

    These GOP idiots would rather sarah palin dumb idiot than an intelligent man or woman to be in any high level of government with the endowment we have lived to see in a great president and his family and a great woman.
    They rather have someone they can push around.
    Thank God they cannot .

    And try to say the woman's name correctly. Give respect even if you people do not respect yourselves. Her name is Sonia, not Maria.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  2. lam0nt Austin

    Ummm Cindy Ga,
    I would call it good politics`for the future of the Demo. party. Its better than using war and loosing lives to keep a party in office as does the repub party.

    You see Cindy its people like you and the repub party who prevent our country from becoming what it really should be, "America". and its a problem when a party says no to something they should be saying yes too now thats politics.

    Lamont Austin
    Tucson Az

    May 27, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  3. Tina Autry

    What president doesn't pick a justice based on his or her own political views. I am just flabbergasted that the conservatives would even intimate that President Bushes picks were made in a vaccuum of apolitical opinion... Such garbage....typical!!!

    May 27, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  4. Lampe

    This is nothing more than Obama trying to run for a second term now. If Repubs, come out against her, The Dems will say it's "Because she's a woman, or Hispanic." thus leading to Repubs being called "Sexist, or Racist." When all along it was and still is The dems who are "Sexist and Racist." Just ask The Clintons and Gov. Palin.

    May 27, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  5. Beverly

    @Cindy – you sound like you personally know her with your obvious hatred spilling forth in your blog. Did you forget that George H.W. Bush selected her to the Federal Court system?? Apparently, making it on your own from poverty level is not good enough for you Republicans??? That's right – they are the party of the rich anyway and the right wing nuts.

    May 27, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  6. Cindy

    Obama choosing Sotomayor was politics as usual. He wants a left wing liberal on the bench. But it really won't change the make up of the court so it really doesn't matter. She isn't the end all and be all on making the final decision. That is a group effort and I doubt the rest will bow to her every whim.

    Cindy...Ga.

    May 27, 2009 at 11:04 am |