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First thoughts: It's Sotomayor Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:16 AM by Domenico Montanaro Filed Under: First ThoughtsFrom Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro*** It's Sotomayor: At 10:15 am ET from the White House's East Room, President Obama will again make history by nominating the first Hispanic to serve on the U.S.

Supreme Court: Sonia Sotomayor of the 2nd Circuit.

The big question: Will she survive the confirmation process? Some Senate Democrats worry she'll be a heavier lift than others he could have nominated (like Diane Wood or Elena Kagan).

But consider these points: One, it's clear Sotomayor -- whom the president knew the least about when this process began -- blew Obama away when he interviewed her on Thursday.

In fact, White House officials believe that once Senate Democrats get to know her, they'll be as blown away as the president was, and she'll be confirmed easily.

Two, would Republicans dare vote against the first Hispanic, especially after their rhetoric during the immigration debate of 2006-2007 clearly hurt them with this important voting bloc? And three, don't ignore the politics surrounding this pick.

As we've mentioned before, Latino groups have been grumbling somewhat about their representation (or lack thereof) in the Obama administration, as well as the fact that immigration reform doesn't appear to be on the White House's front-burner.

But this pick buys Obama A LOT of time with Hispanics -- a demographic he won last year, 67%-31% -- on immigration and other issues.

Is it a coincidence that Obama this week heads out West to Nevada and California, two states with large Latino populations? Video: President Obama announces federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor as his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter.*** Sotomayor's bio: Here's the bio we ran on Sotomayor earlier this month: She currently serves on the Second Circuit in New York and was appointed to that position by Bill Clinton.

BUT she was appointed to her first federal court appointment by President George H.W.

Bush… She checks lots of boxes: Woman.

Hispanic.

Empathy… While working for the famed Robert Morgenthau in the New York District Attorney's office in the early 1980s, she described herself as a "liberal."… Also has drawn criticism for saying in 2005: "All of the legal defense funds out there they're looking for people with court of appeals experience because it is-- court of appeals is where policy is made." She tried to backtrack, but conservatives are already rallying to defeat her based on this.

Other bio information: Child of parents born in Puerto Rico...

Grew up speaking mostly Spanish...

Raised in a public housing project in The South Bronx in the shadow of Yankee Stadium...

Father died when she was 9...

A diehard Yankees fan, she's credited as the judge who saved baseball, issuing an injunction that led the eventual settlement of the 1990s-era Major League Baseball strike...

Described by the New York Times in the early 1980s as an incessant smoker… Divorced from Kevin Edward Noonan in 1983 after seven-year marriage (no children).

She left the NY District Attorney's office a year later and went into private practice...

Graduated summa cum laude in 1976 from Princeton after winning a scholarship to the school...

Earned her law degree from Yale in 1979, where she edited the Law Review.

*** Another crisis for Obama: In addition to Sotomayor, the other big political news has been North Korea's nuclear test, as well as its firing of two short-range missiles.

What do you do about a country whose leadership is so unstable it doesn't respond to normal diplomatic overtures or threats? It's an enigma wrapped in a riddle.

The Washington Post's editorial page says the time for reacting is gone.

"It's time, at last, to break this pattern and call Mr.

Kim's bluff.

That doesn't mean threats of U.S military action or a blanket refusal to talk with the regime; those tactics have been tried and have failed as well.

Instead, Mr.

Obama should simply decline to treat North Korea as a crisis, or even as a matter of urgency." Of course, others like Council of Foreign Relations head Richard Haas believe it's time to ratchet things up more and get with Japan and South Korea and outline a "red line" for a military response.

Key now is China and Russia, which have both amped up their rhetoric against North Korea more than they did during the Bush and Clinton years.

But rhetoric is always the easy part… *** Viva Las Vegas? After 4:00 pm ET today, Obama heads to Nevada, where he will attend a fundraiser for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who's up for re-election next year, at Caesar's Palace at 10:55 pm ET.

Awaiting the president is a Republican governor who's still angry at Obama's months-old remark that TARP recipients shouldn't be going on travel junkets to Las Vegas.

"I am not interested in a handshake and a hello from President Obama," Nevada Gov.

Jim Gibbons (R) said, per Nevada political expert Jon Ralston.

"I am interested in an apology and plan to undo the damage the President did.

Working families are suffering because of the president's remarks.

The president should retract his reckless statement about Las Vegas and make a public statement supporting business and tourist travel to Las Vegas and other destinations in the State of Nevada." Of course, note that Gibbons might be trying to create a distraction here, given his own political troubles in the state.

Attention reporters: Be sure not to over-report Reid's political troubles -- they are minor compared with Gibbons'.

However, the prospect of two Reids (Harry and son Rory) leading the Dem ticket should trouble some Dems.

After all, dynasties on the same ballot in the same state can turn off voters.

Just ask Mike Huckabee when he and his wife were on the statewide ticket together in 2002.

Mike won fairly handily; Janet got clobbered.

*** Another political story to watch out West: The California Supreme Court is set to decide today whether Proposition 8, the state ballot measure banning gay marriage that passed last fall, is constitutional.

"Today's ruling decides whether voters had the right, when 52% of them approved Proposition 8 … to amend the state Constitution to solidify the definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman," the San Francisco Chronicle writes.

"If the justices uphold Prop.

8, they will also decide whether to dissolve the marriages of 18,000 same-sex couples who wed before the Nov.

4 election." Per the L.A.

Times, "most legal experts expect the court to uphold Proposition 8 but continue to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples wed before the November election." *** Report card time: Tomorrow is Day 100 since Obama's signing of the $787 billion stimulus package.

The president will be coming out with a 100-day report card of sorts, as will each impacted cabinet department.

Of course, North Korea and the Sotomayor pick will loom over the president's trip out West…*** Firing up the base: On Friday, former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe fired off a note to Obama's email list, telling the 10 million-plus members that they'll be kicking off the grassroots support for health care on June 6.

"On June 6th, in thousands of homes across the country, we'll gather to launch our grassroots campaign for health care," he said in the email.

"We'll watch a special message from the President.

We'll build the teams and draw up the plans for winning health care reform the same way we won the election: Building support one block, one neighbor, one conversation at a time.

And we'll put those plans into action." The question is whether this grassroots mobilization will be more effective than the previous ones for the stimulus and Obama's budget, which didn't seem to fire up the base.

Then again, both the stimulus and budget did pass Congress.Countdown to NJ GOP primary: 7 daysCountdown to VA Dem primary: 14 daysCountdown to Election Day 2009: 161 daysCountdown to Election Day 2010: 525 daysClick here to sign up for First Read emails.� Text FIRST to 622639, to sign up for First Read alerts to your mobile phone.

EMAIL THISComments Last week I wrote about the "Republican Dilemma" and my Progressive friends said "right on".

�It seems fair to address the Democrat Dilemma.

At first blush you may say, what are you talking about? �The Democrats have a popular President who was able to bring people in the healthcare field together.

�He is working hard to solve the economic crisis.

�He brought the auto industry players together to get fuel efficiency standards.

�A lot of legislation has been passed in the first 120 days.

�He has met world leaders and is enjoying world-wide popularity.

�The Republican Party is in shambles.

�What dilemma? It is incredibly ironic that as an ethical man, Obama's dilemma involves the ethics surrounding the torture issue.

�To cut to the chase: �President Obama and Eric Holder took the Oath of Office to uphold the Constitution.

�Yet, so far he has chosen to cast torture issues off to some future date.

�It appears that his priorities are to get healthcare passed, sign an education bill and pass an energy bill.

�Movement in these areas is more important that removing the stain placed on this country by the Bush administration.

�I'm sure our President is correct that exposing these legal violations would create incredible chaos.

�Can't we just move on and overlook past transgressions? No, the stain remains.

�And this is the Democrat Dilemma.

� So far our President has met head-on every issue that has needed to be addressed…except this one.

�This is not about Republican opposition; it is about doing the right thing.

�I continue to look at our Representatives and Senators to see who has the courage to press this issue to the forefront.

�If no one does, the torture issue will fester, and fester, and fester.

It is not acceptable for history to say, our President did a lot of great things, but he did not instruct his Attorney General to go where the facts lead…and prosecute when the laws have been broken.

�This is not about punishing Bush/Cheney.

�It is about honoring and following the last phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag…"with liberty and justice for all".

Just Askin? I too enjoy the comments from our moderators.

�Would you be willing to answer 3 questions (of your choosing) per week? �I'm sure many of have a question and we would like to your opinion.

Ron Indiana (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:22 AM) And we're off and running again here at FR.

Hope everybody is well rested and ready to 'tear it up here' for another week! �Was it just me or did things seem a wee bit more civil here last Friday? � I would also like to second Ron in Indiana's motion for the FR crew to possibly due a weekly forum where you would answer reasonable questions from your readers.

� You know what they say about Inquiring Minds wanting to know! It may be a 'jungle' out here â€" but there's a two way street running right down the middle of it! � Congrats to Sonia Sotomayor for getting the nomination as our next SCOTUS! �She's a fine choice and will serve us well.

Was also impressed with Colin Powell on Face the Nation Sun morning â€" refreshing change to listen to a repub and not throw up a little in my mouth for a change! Integrity goes a long way! Speaking of reslugs… A BIG shout out to Keith O for putting his money where his mouth is â€" unlike the spineless Sean 'the jellyfish' Insanity! �And also a thanks to Mancow to admit it REALLY is TORTURE! � But the highlight of the weekend was Keith O having Lord Limpballs in the bottom right hand corner of the screen jumping up and down on Fri night.

Made me stop and wonder for a minute if the Christian Right Wing Whack Jobs paid for his man boobs as well - I mean after if they can do it for Miss Cali where does it end??? �Oh my… the things that make you go Hmmmm… Feisty Redhead Roselle, IL (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:23 AM) This is great logic, and would we expect anything illogical from our prez? First, is Sotomayor another one of Obie's tax cheats, er ...

another "tax mistake," using his own words.

She is real big on "the appeals court setting rule of law." In other words, another liberal whack selected by the guy who is now famous for his bad judgement.

We all got what we expected.

No surprise here.

The problem: Making all these inept decisions without looking down the road to the finish line.

Bad Chihuahua (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:29 AM) I am a proponent of diversity and empathy for all wronged people.

President Obama �chose �someone who speaks to today's culture, �legal environ, and politics.

Beverly in Chicago (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:29 AM) My opinion is Sotomayer is a good pick.

�It would certainly say alot for the Hispanic population, being they are the majority in states.

�I feel this would help bring balance to the Supreme Court.

As for the Harry Reid thing here.

�I'm not going.

�Reid is to far to the right for me.

�I posted earlier I would do everything I could to see he wasn't re-elected.

�That was a fair statement towards my party.

�I just have very mixed feelings towards the man.

� Good post Ron.

�I am very happy with the job our CIC is doing.

�May not agree with all, the fact he is willing to take on our screwed up Country the Shrub left us, pleases me greatly.

�Can you imagine McShame & Failin trying to deal with this.

� � cindy, las vegas, nv (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:30 AM) Sotomayor's biggest credential is that she's Hispanic.

�Not that she's the best qualified to uphold the constitution.

Scary (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:32 AM) Upholding Prop 8 creates a dangerous precedent - that rights can be taken away at the ballot box.

This is indeed a slippery legal slope, not to mention just plain discriminatory to those impacted.

Joe - STL (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:33 AM) As a nevada resident, I can hardly wait to vote Gibbons out of office.

Nice try repuke, but Obama did not say no one should go to Vegas, he said the bankrupt companies surviving on taxpayer bailouts should not be using our money for their junkets.

The downturn in Vegas cannot be layed at the doorstep of the President.

How about the casino corporate pigs who ruined Vegas in the first place.

There are a lot of us who long for the way Vegas used to be, not the way it is today.

And one more thing Gibbons, it is not cute to refuse to meet the President.

justthinkinoutloud (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:34 AM) A few things 1) why does it matter that Sotomayor is Hispanic? Tell me what she is like as a judge, as a person anything but her ethnicity doesn't matter.

Why do the Dems get so caught up in the checking off of box's? 2) North Korea is not going to go away.

It will be a huge issue.

3) What FR no mention of Bidens latest gaff? where he basically said Cheney was right about the Gitmo decision.

Bidens a laugh a minute, like when he gave away state secrets at a diner that guy (sure glade we didn't get a dummy like Sara Palin as VP.

What_you_Selling (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:34 AM) The Feisty one wants posters to be more civil, yet is the first to start calling names and can't wait to tear it up.

�Hypocrisy at it's best.

Brunette (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:35 AM) I love all the revealing double-talk.

�If this "buys" something for "Hispanics" then isn't that saying they are racists? �Why didn't he pick a White person to buy support from Whites? Alex, Austin, Texas (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:35 AM) Has the Republican party said NO to Ms.

Sotomayor yet? seattle sue (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:36 AM) When will the left EVER realize that it has NOTHING TO DO WITH COLOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't care if she was from space.

�If she isn't a strict constitutionalist, then she should not be approved.

�I can't wait to see the drama about the filibuster.

�I think it will be hilarious to see what they say to the Republicans if they do it.

�I don't know why they would be upset.

�They did it to every one Bush put up.

� Domenico, you obviously do not understand the right at all.

�Color is not the issue, the beliefs of the nominee are.

Plain and simple.

�Spin that how you want, but I didn't vote for Obama because he is liberal NOT because he is black.

� ND (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:36 AM) The "LINE" in here that says, "Would Republicans Dare to vote against the first Hispanic to the Bench", is a BIT of a stretch, since �it Is the Republicans who Push forward Every Major Minority Reform in history that had Real impact, the Emancipation Proclamation, Civil Rights Amendment, ect., while it was the Democrats that Opposed all of them.

But, would the Republicans "Dare" to vote against this Hispanic woman.......IF she is Not the right person for the job, then they had Better vote Against her,....if she is the right person for the job, then they had better for For her.

Who Cares About her race? Likely Only the Democrats care about her race, so that they can Use her to forward their Agenda of Discrimination against White people's.

Ed, Indianapolsi, In (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:38 AM) Excellent Supreme Court choice Mr.

President--Sessions bares watching during the confirmation process.

Meet The Press: Watched Meet the Press On Sunday morning…Not too impressed with questions poised to Newt Gingrich regarding the Gitmo closure.

What I really find hard to understand is "why" this was even looked upon as being a "showdown" between Sen.

Durbin and Gingrich concerning the closure of Guantanamo Bay.

�Let's face it we're talking credibility here and Newt and Cheney are not credible or knowledgeable resources.

When asked by David Gregory: �How long should Gitmo remain open? Newt's response was: Until the war is over.

�David asked, "When was that? Newt responded: Well--when the terrorists disappear.

�Are theses sane answers from a sane person? Not only was his answer disturbing—but the remainder of the interview just went down hill all the way from there.

� "Gingrich went on to say "Yes, because this is a long-term proposition.

�You have people out there today who want to kill Americans, who would like to set off a nuclear weapon in an American city, who would like to set off a truck bomb down the street from where we are right now.

�These folks are serious.

They're, they're still there.

�They're fighting in Pakistan right now; they're fighting in Iraq right now.

�We just arrested four people in New York City last week.

�What do you do with somebody who's a dedicated, religiously-motivated terrorist? �You had better keep them locked up." Yikes!!! Get the net! What a real piece of work.

He sounded like he should have been wearing a pamper, any chance he hadn't s***ed all over himself? Just s****y scared.

In my opinion, David should have questioned him further along the lines of the false terror alerts, the questionable anthrax threats and deaths, the domestic spying on Americans citizens, Dick Cheney's military service records and what experience does he have to be deemed such an expert in this area, seeing he really had no experienced in this area except being apart of the Nixon Administration of Tricky Dickey.

Instead of questioning this quack's response---David poised a question to Senator Durbin about the issue of prison conversion, I mean let's be serious.

These people are on talking points here.

Of course there are people out there that want to harm us and there always will be, so why didn't David slam him on this? So what are we suppose to do? Arrest, torture and murder people because of their religious beliefs? Because they don't like Americans? Are these people serious? WTF?!? Read again what Newt Gingrich's answer was.

Why use a horrible attack such as 9/11 to get your sick program across? What is really scary is the fact that these two out spoken critics were apart of an administration responsible for the systemic disassembly of our Nations honor, economy, two wars and theft of Americans bravery.

What are we? Cowards? Is this what the Republican brand of new style politics is all about? Scare the hell out of the public by constantly calling for a nuclear attack on an American city? Better find out if Cheney has made any deals with North Korea…he keeps hinting along those lines and what did they do on yesterday? Test fired a nuclear weapon underground.

Why are they (Cheney, Gingrich, Rush, Boehner) hell bent on destroying Middle Eastern countries? Isn't this Jihad? What are these people thinking about? Anita, Birmingham, Alabama (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:39 AM) Hope everyone had a Great memorial day weekend & a safe one ! With today's announcement of the 1st Hispanic to be nominated to serve on the Supreme Court, President Obama has again stifled the GOP.Her being 1st nominated by Former President George H.

W.

Bush will, to some degree, silence some of the critics who may want to Oppose Mrs.

Sotomayer.

However, the GOP will loudly pronounce the Activist Judge is unfit for the Highest Court in the land.

On the Political side of this pick, President Obama has shored up the Women's Vote & Hispanic Vote for the Democrats for a few years.

I have no answer's as to how the GOP find's itself Relevant again in the Political World(if i did, i would'nt tellem), but they will come out today with guns ablazing about North Korea & Activist Judges.

North Korea, I think pissed off China & Russia this time around & for them(North Korea)thats notta plus.

No President to date has wanted to send troops into this Midevil country(why would they), so if the GOP wants to harp about testing President Obama, we will remind them that Both Bushes, Carter, Clinton, have had to Deal with this Idiot thru the yer's, with None of them Prevailing.

The laughadays allday are about to begin, sit back & enjoy ! Rick,Ky (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:39 AM) As a southern democratic moderate, all I have to say is Great Pick, a Clinton pick, again great pick! Brandon, Memphis, Tenn (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:39 AM) I am so happy that President Obama is not going to be afraid of a few bad repugnant ones when it comes to selecting a Supreme Court Justice.

�Sonia Sotomayor is an excellent choice and we should all be proud of her becoming our next SC Justice.

�So funny that War Criminal Bush's dimwitted daddy selected her to the bench.

�I'm sure the repugnant ones will scream and whine about her selection and will ignore her moderate rulings to focus on her few Liberal decisions.

I'm glad that President Obama is going to Las Vegas to help Harry Reid win reelection.

�That ignorant repugnant one governor should get over Obama's remarks that TARP recipient companies should stop wasting money on those Vegas junkets, that didn't tank Vegas's economy, that was mission accomplished by the bushwhacker and his freemarket freeloader pals with deregulation and way too lax enforcement of what remained of the gutted regulations.

Let's not forget that Lil' Kim of North Korea had that nuclear weapon built during War Criminal Bush's reign of terror on Democracy that was just tested.

�Had the Idiot Boy not dropped his focus on NK then maybe we wouldn't be seeing these nuclear and missile tests.

�Yet another problem the bushwhacker has left to be cleaned up by Obama.

Confirm Sonia Sotomayor Now! Prosecute War Criminals Bush and Cheney Now! Eric, Salinas, CA (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:39 AM) As Time Goes By - I have spent my entire life reading anything that has to do with WWII and the Cold War.

And once I could afford to start saving a few extra dollars, I began traveling to Eastern and Central Europe - Frankfurt, Munich, East Berlin, Warsaw, Prague, Budapest, Cracow, Vienna etc.

to see some of the places where not only WWII took place, but as well, cities that were at one time behind the Iron Curtain.

I just returned from Normandy.

It is inspiring, it is moving, and it is very sad.

As someone who visited a few concentration camps, it hit me like a ton of bricks as I watched a movie at the Normandy Museum showing the landings at the beaches.

As we all know, the allies landed in France to begin their long trek (some by foot) to Berlin to not only topple Nazism, but to liberate the concentration camps.

Above Omaha Beach is where the cemetery is located.

Row after row after row of white crosses where these young troops are buried - most (not all) of the crosses I read had June 6, 1944 as their date of death.

They were from every state in the union.

The day I was there, it rained all day.

For some reason, it seemed appropriate.

It was a short trip, but as it turns out, it is my favorite trip.

There wasn't anything my tour guide didn't know about D-Day, the resistance and the liberation of Paris.

�She was only in her mid 30's but she had grown up listening to stories from her grandparents living in occupied France.

She kept saying time and again how WWII could not have been won without the allies, and said that most of the visitors to her tour are Americans.

We watched as the military band practiced in the pouring rain in anticipation of the 65th anniversary celebrations.

They are so young.

One soldier told us that he was stationed in Germany and on his own, requested a leave just so he could go to Normandy to be there for the upcoming anniversary.

They all talked about President Obama and how excited they are for his arrival in June.

___________________ We have heard for years how the French don't like Americans.

If you go to Normandy, you will see this is not the case.

Because of the rain, I had my Boston cap on.

I can't tell you how many people (cab drivers, hotel clerks, metro riders, waiters and bartenders) asked me all kinds of questions about Boston (especially Fenway Park), New York, Chicago, etc.

One man in particular (a French sportscaster who does the broadcasts for the Olympics, World Cup, etc.) started talking to me about Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, the Celtics, the NYY, the Lakers, etc.

I just stood there quite amused as I listened to him.

He was so nice.

And very helpful to me when I boarded the wrong train.

(Not unusual for me.) Another man said that whenever he travels throughout Europe he sees Bostonians all over the place and asked in a very humorous way if we were taking over the world.

Lol! I met tons of Americans everywhere, with many of them asking if I by chance knew the latest baseball scores of their home teams.

I did not.

I was as completely out of the loop as they were.

___________________ Please everyone - if you can, go to Normandy.

You will be welcomed there warmly.

It is a very special place not only in the hearts of Americans, but in the French hearts as well.

They take a great deal of care in maintaining these beaches, the museums and the cemetery.

The tour guide said that the French consider these sacred grounds, with millions of visitors each year.

The little town where the military landed on in Caen is quite beautiful and you will recognize the little streets immediately as we have seen them so often in film footage as they drove through the town in their jeeps on their way to Paris and Berlin.

Some of these troops had landed in France after having fought brutal battles in Italy.

The people I met all around Paris as well were extremely friendly, kind and helpful.

{btw, Notre Dame Cathedral is spectacular.} Phenomenal trip.

Very moving.

The people were extraordinarily kind everywhere I went.

So glad I went, even if it was for only a few days.

I wonder if Chuck Todd is making the trip with President Obama in June? If he does, I bet he will love it.

How can you not? ****************** Air France erred on my ticketed seat, so they gave me a seat upstairs on the 747, just behind the pilot.

All the free cognac, brandy and beer I wanted - hey, why not? Cheers to you all! Pat, Boston, MA (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:41 AM) "As for the Harry Reid thing here.

�I'm not going.

�Reid is to far to the right for me." He is to far right? Your smoking crack aren't you? He is as leftist as Pelosi and Obama whats not to love for a commie like you.

Think this Supreme Court nominee will act to enforce our borders and laws about immigration? Lord forbid anyone vote no for fear of losing the vote of people not even supposed to be voting or in the country.

To far right LMAO that is comic gold.

If your really that LEFT go to France you will love it there as your no American.

Dee, Baton Rouge, La.

(Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:41 AM) Did you folks forget Justice Cordozo? Rick, New York, NY (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:43 AM) come one lets hear it she is a racist.

Her remarks that she would come up with a better result than �a white male.

Can you imagine if a white male said the opposite? matt, south bend, IN (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:43 AM) justthinkingoutloud - me too! �Gibbons is an idiot.

�Did you see where he voted against the same sex marriage initiative? �He's a cheat on your wife kinda guy, just like, oh let's say Newt, a various other repukes.

� � cindy, las vegas, nv (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:43 AM) Two, would Republicans dare vote against the first Hispanic, especially after their rhetoric during the immigration debate of 2006-2007 clearly hurt them with this important voting bloc? And three, don't ignore the politics surrounding this pick.

Of course they will.

The GOP obstructionist party will find fault in anyone our President chooses the timidity of the GOP obstructionist party battle will continue only to cause distraction.

They're tried this with Nancy Pelosi; but, the public is not buying BS.To them diversity is a fighting word because it means non-white.

Beverly in Chicago (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:43 AM) Feisty Redhead, Wow, you start off with saying things seemed more civil, then you explain how listening to a R makes you "throw up in your mouth".

(How disgusting).

The joke about Colin Powell is that you and your libtard friends love him because he is really a Democrat! Would you actually VOTE for him being a Republican if he had actual Republican views? Of course not, so we are not listening to a word he says.

He is a joke.

For a disgusting excuse of a human being like yourself to cheer the appt.

of the "newyorican" (Aren't we all Americans?) makes me have serious doubts about her quality.

You should refocus your hate of "Christian right wing whack jobs" and beauty pageant winners.

If you think the Christians are bad, you should look into how badly woman like you are treated in the middle-east under the peaceful religion of Islam.

Chris Evensen, Orland, Fl (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:44 AM) Excellent pick Mr.

President.

�This pick represents a group of people not yet represented in the Supreme Court and adds another female voice to the group.

�Not to mention that justice sotomayor has tons of experience.

� I'm glad that he picked sotomayor over his Chicago connection...this will be a hard pick for the GOP to go after.

�I believe our president will get his first SCOTUS win early.

I have a feeling that one the scales tip on the supreme court, many of these iffy issues will be attacked relentlessly Patriot Midwest U.S.A.

(Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:45 AM) Congrats to Judge Sotomayor (and what a great name!) :) =================================================== You know, I was thinking back over the Bush Presidency, and how I was feeling about it at the time.

I didn't vote for President Bush, but once he was finally declared the winner, I harbored no animosity against him.

Being the mother of a two children under two at the time of 9/11, I remember being very sad and frightened by 9/11.

I remember feeling so proud of the way our country came together in the face of such a horrendous and unexpected event.

I remember when the talk started about going to war with Iraq, how I was against it, but not adamantly so.

I felt that if the President of the United States was asking that such a serious step be taken, he must be aware of things that we the public were not.

I remember trusting President Bush implicitly, and as history would soon record, naively.

�But at the time, I was willing to give my President the benefit of any doubt.

Surely no President would take our troops into battle casually, and so when we marched into battle, my full support was with my President, our armed forces, and the United States of America.

As the bitter truth started to emerge about the case that was made for war, the intelligence that was tweaked, the connections with 9/11 that did not exist, the atrocities at Abu Gharaib .

.

.

my regret at entering Iraq was tempered with the feeling that America HAD to win in Iraq.

There was a time when I even felt that we were fighting the war too "humanely", and that perhaps we should be more ruthless and direct to bring the war to a quicker and more decisive end.

(I'm not proud of these feelings, but the truth is not always pretty.) So now in hind sight, I realize that what the Bush Presidency has cost us is so much more than all the lives and money lost in Iraq.

It is that simple and na�ve feeling that I had on September 12th, that no matter what, I could trust the President United States without having to think about politics or secondary motives.

Even though I support President Obama and believe in all he is trying to do, I will never trust a President (or anyone else for that matter) the way I trusted President George W.

Bush on September 12th, and I mourn that loss.

P.S.

�Thanks to everyone who sent me well wishes on Friday .

.

.

it was appreciated and needed! Nashville_fan (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:45 AM) "...*** Another crisis for Obama: In addition to Sotomayor, the other big political news has been North Korea's nuclear test, as well as its firing of two short-range missiles.

What do you do about a country whose leadership is so unstable it doesn't respond to normal diplomatic overtures or threats? It's an enigma wrapped in a riddle.

..." FIRST READ Obama doesn't have a clue, because he has NO EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER in foreign affairs.

This North Korea situation exposes Obama's weakness and shows what a poor choice he was as a nominee and as a "President." If he doesn't do something about this, it will be remembered come 2012.

But then again, why should this situation be any different from anything else.

All he ever does is talk.

He never takes action, and the ObamaNIACS act as if he has re-written the magna carta.

Mr.

Obama; STOP TALKING and TAKE ACTION.

We need LEADERSHIP, NOT SHOWMANSHIP.

J.

Merle Stanley, Westchester, NY (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:46 AM) So typical that the white puptent party of white supremacists are whining about Sonia Sotomayor's good decision on trying to make firefighter tests racially fair.

�Their new racist web ad shows just how far the evil elephant party has to go to embrace the racial equality brought about in the 60's.

I hope that the CA Supreme Court overturns that discriminatory Prop Hate bill that should never have passed.

�The voters just plain screwed up passing Prop Hate and only the SC can repair the damage and stop the discriminatory bill from staying law.

The repugnant ones are such hypocrites as they whine about Liberal judges legislating from the bench yet they always expect their conservative activist judges to do exactly that.

�The Appeals Courts interpret the law just as Sonia said and that can lead to a better interpretation.

�The Dopes of Nope just want to whine about anyone who doesn't fit their narrow viewpoint on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Confirm Sonia Sotomayor Now! Prosecute War Criminals Bush and Cheney Now! Seat Senator Al Franken Now! Eric, Salinas, CA (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:47 AM) Pam in San Pedro Are you happy with Sotomajor or did the prez let you down ..

again? It seem we all got what we expected.

Obie seems to have adopted several Bush policies but still disses him.

Kind of illogical, don't you think? At least Bush was steadfast, like him or not.

Bush was about policy, not popularity.

Bad Chihuahua (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:48 AM) Empathy just shouldn't decide guilt or innocence in the courtroom.

�(I can see it playing a role in taking mitigating circumstances into account when deciding punishment I guess).

� If 2 similar cases come before the court, they should be decided consistently with the law.

�Not one way for one defendant because they are disadvantaged and another way for another defendant.

�If there is a problem with a law, the Legislative branch should step in and make a law.

�The President can then sign it.

� I have brought up Obama's Vega$ trip a few times and the stock response is that Bush did fundraisers too.

�I understand that.

�My problem is that Obama told people that took federal money that they shouldn't be taking trips to Las Vega$.

�I love that town and go there quite often.

�I think his initial remarks hurt the town by costing them some convention business.

�But it just looks hypocritical to see him going out there for a fundraiser after what he said.

By the way, kudos to President Obama for his handling of Memorial Day.

�His call for a moment of silence at 3:00 was taken by most major sports.

�I particularly liked how NASCAR stopped their race and lowered the flags to half staff.

�I'm not a big fan of NASCAR, but I saw that on the news.

�Classy move.

Frank "Grimey" Grimes, Springfield, USA (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:48 AM) Another crisis for Obama: I agree with the Washington Post editorial response.

We should not feed into this.

It will only mean that we are buying into Dick Cheney and Newt Gingrich's attempt to scare Americans.

First read, great job reporting this on last month.

It's about time the hispanic population has representation on the bench, I think of some up there now that needs to retire....

Anita, Birmingham, Alabama (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:50 AM) Yes ! Yes ! Yes ! Yes ! How about this G.W.

? Z (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:50 AM) I agree with Joe-STL on California's Prop.

8.

�Our voting rights are in danger.

�If the vote can be ignored, why have elections and votes? � KLM in MI (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:51 AM) Pat, Boston, MA �Welcome back!! Sounds like your trip to Normandy met all expectations.

�Again, Welcome back Ron Ron Indiana (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:51 AM) Is this what the Republican brand of new style politics is all about? Scare the hell out of the public by constantly calling for a nuclear attack on an American city? Anita, Birmingham, Alabama (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:39 AM) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sorry to say Anita...but you betcha! �Think about it - that's ALL THEY GOT! �Fear is a powerful tool in controlling the masses - think about what we just endured the last 8 years! The whole bunch of them should be brought up on charges of treason with this BS they keep spewing! So...

BOO...

be afraid be very very afraid! �They sure are a piece of work that's one thing for sure! Dickhead Cheenee...

the Freddy Kruger of politics! Feisty Redhead Roselle, IL (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:52 AM) Reading some of the comments above (Anita, Alabama /Eric California) makes me wonder how anyone can hate our country so much.

My grandfather and friends that have fought for this country would be sick reading comments like yours.

For you guys to call my friends that are in Iraq and Afghanistan right now "terrorists" makes me sick to my stomach.

This isn't the country my grandfather fought for in WWII.

Why do you hate America so much? Did your parents abuse you, leave you, something? What is wrong with you? Chris Evensen, Orland, Fl (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:53 AM) First Hispanic? Don't forget Cardozo Marcel, Greenwood, ME (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:53 AM) "...

I can't wait to see the drama about the filibuster.

�I think it will be hilarious to see what they say to the Republicans if they do it.

�I don't know why they would be upset.

�They did it to every one Bush put up.

..." ND (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:36 AM) Actually, that is a gross exageration.

Almost 95% of Bush's picks to the federal courts were approved, as opposed to BARELY 92% of Clintons.

The republiCANTS fillibustered far more of Clinton's federal court selections, than the Demcoarst did Bush's.

So please stop LYING.

J.

Merle Stanley, Westchester, NY (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:53 AM) MSierra (from last Friday) I'm sure Monkberry Moon and Moon Dawg, etc., will return of their own free will.

And why would I want to be you when I'm totally content to be myself.

especially when it gets on your last nerve.

You need to forget the Chihuahua and worry about MSierra.

Stop making things up.

Bad Chihuahua (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:54 AM) Bad news Benjamin N.

Cardozo was the first Hispanic Supreme Court Judge nominated by Hoover back in 1932.

Do alittle more work than just looking at the current bench before you make one of the "First X-American" claims.

NotSoPC Atlanta, GA (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:54 AM) Benjamin Cardozo was the first Hispanic Justice on �the Supreme Court.

Traduce, Phoenix, AZ (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:54 AM) I just heard someone on MSNBC say that Sotomayor's reputation is that she is not that smart and is a bully on the bench.

�What's the problem with that, except that she's a woman, maybe? �That also pretty much sums up Scalia, and it would sum up Clarence Thomas, too, except that he's not usually sufficiently awake to be a bully.

�Hmm.

�Maybe he should try drinking Coke.

�(If you were around �for his confirmation hearings, you might get that joke.) � Anna Molly (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:55 AM) Sotomayer is a good pick, and will be difficult for the Republicans to filibuster since she has been appointed previously by both Republican and Democratic presidents.

�Not that the right wing won't go ballistic no matter who the President appoints.

�Let's see if the Republicans can show some judgment and not go to war to please the right wing base.

newdayDawning (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:55 AM) A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other fourty-nine.[thomas Jefferson] gepa (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:55 AM) That's really all it is for you in the "news media" isn't it??? "The first Latino woman"...

it's not about if she is qualified, right headed, fit to sit on the bench, ect...

�it's all about RACE! Dr.

Kings hope of a color blind society will NEVER be realized because of the very people who claim to be "tolerant and PC".

Time after time we see the so called main stream media �successfully divide this country on skin color.

It's a very sad thing that we can't even find the best among us to serve...

we have to first find the race we want, then the party we want, then the ideology that we want...

�NEVER considering qualifications.

Stephen, Upstate NY (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:55 AM) First, everyone should know that there are two ways of interpreting the Constitution.

I know.

I teach it.

One can be a strict Constitutionalist and follow the document as written.

Or one can interpret the Constitution as a living document that needs to be interpreted within "the times." Certainly if you study the Constitution diligently, you must admit that the language at times is a bit vague.

Perhaps the Framers did so in order to interpret the document from decade to decade.

The 2nd amendment, if taken word for word, strictly, does not give everyone the opportunity to carry a gun.

It specifically talks of militias, yet the Supreme Court did not interpret it that way.

On torture: Yesterday the History Channel had two interesting hours about 9/11.

One segment discussed how the country, the Congress, the FBI and others were so caught up in the Clinton impeachment, that many signs of the impending attack went unnoticed and not analyzed.

I do not want the Obama administration saddled with years of the same.

And even though most of us know that Bush/Cheney ordered torture, will a jury convict them? Will there be absolute truth? Can they hide behind the whole I thought it was legal thing? While there is so much to do domestically here, and while the world is falling apart, I think President Obama needs to address those first.

Chandler W.

(Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:55 AM) I like the way that Obama uses his old grassroots campaign to get his base of supporters revved up to fight the evil elephants who want to stall all progress towards remaking our secular Democracy after it was trashed by the bushwhacker and his cabal of evildoers.

�We'll support Obama against all attacks by the repugnant ones! It's going to be fun watching the clueless base of miscreants whine about Sonia Sotomayor's nomination.

�They'll huff and they'll puff but they won't blow down Obama's brick house.

�It is so much fun to watch these limpwristed conservative crybabies wet themselves as Obama has shown he won't be intimidated by their bullying tactics.

Going to be fun watching Chris, Ed, Keith and Rachel do the news tonight as they report on how despicable the irrelevant elephants are at attacking Sonia Sotomayor.

�I can imagine what vile bile Lush Limburger and fox and freaks will be spewing today.

�I just love watching them impotently whine when they know the Democrats have the numbers to push her nomination through without their help.

Confirm Sonia Sotomayor Now! Prosecute War Criminals Bush and Cheney! Seat Senator Al Franken Now! Ha Ha! Eric, Salinas, CA (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:56 AM) Lord forbid anyone vote no for fear of losing the vote of people not even supposed to be voting or in the country.

Dee, Baton Rouge, La.

(Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:41 AM) ----------------------------------------------------- Oh Dee...you not only showed your intolerance and hatred toward people of different cultures, you also suggested that illegals get to vote which is not the case.

Legal latino citizens of the United States are very much allowed to vote, just are african americans, and women too.

�That's america, love it or leave it...

You want to suggest people go to france if they have a liberal outlook (liberal based on the root "liberum" which in old latin means "free") If you want to spread the hate, maybe you should book a flight to afghanistan.

I'll take my chance with freedom.

Patriot Midwest U.S.A.

(Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:56 AM) Sotomayor's biggest credential is that she's Hispanic.

�Not that she's the best qualified to uphold the constitution.

Scary (Sent Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:32 AM) ---------------------------------------------- The first President Bush appeared to think enough of her that he nominated her to the US District Court in 1991...consider that as the GOP now plots and plans its case against her.

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