President Obama has said repeatedly that he would appoint the best and the brightest to the courts. He said that he would appoint people who not only had brilliant legal minds, but who also understand how the law impacts the everyday lives of working families.
Today he has fulfilled that promise by appointing U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
Judge Sotomayor's life story is a remarkable retelling of the American Dream. She grew up poor in housing projects in the Bronx. Sotomayor is a graduate of Yale Law and served as an editor of the Yale Law Review. She was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in 1992 by George H.W. Bush and to the appeals court by President Clinton.
Sotomayor would bring more judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any justice confirmed in the past 70 years, according to President Obama.
Yet, despite her qualifications, the right-wing is already attacking her, using vile language denigrating her gender and ethnicity. The National Review has called her "dumb and obnoxious.' Fox News has been bashing her non-stop, featuring Karl Rove, and Republican Senators Kyl and Cornyn who have threatened to filibuster her nomination.
We belie ve that Judge Sotomayor is one of the most qualified nominees in recent history. Join us in sending a message to our U.S. Senators that we want a quick confirmation after a thorough hearing.