August 6, 2009

Hay guiz Sotomayor was confirmed

No one was surprised except for...I don't know, is anyone surprised?

Sotomayor Confirmed To Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Sonia Sotomayor won confirmation Thursday as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, a history-making Senate vote that capped a summer-long debate heavy with ethnic politics and hints of high court fights to come.

The third woman in court history, she'll be sworn in Saturday as the 111th justice and the first nominated by a Democrat in 15 years.

The Senate vote was 68-31 to confirm Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's first Supreme Court nominee, with Democrats unanimously behind her but most Republicans lining up in a show of opposition both for her and for the president's standards for a justice.

The 55-year-old daughter of Puerto Rican parents was raised in a South Bronx housing project and educated in the Ivy League before rising to the highest legal echelons, spending the past 17 years as a federal judge. She watched the vote on TV at a federal courthouse in New York City, among friends and colleagues.

Republicans argued she'd bring personal bias and a liberal agenda to the bench. But Democrats praised Sotomayor as an extraordinarily qualified mainstream moderate and touted her elevation to the court as a milestone in the nation's journey toward greater equality and a reaffirmation of the American dream.

Obama, the nation's first black president, praised the Senate's vote as "breaking another barrier and moving us yet another step closer to a more perfect union." He planned to welcome Sotomayor at the White House next week.

*golf clap, golf clap, victory krump*

I did see someone ask however, why we should be so excited that Sotomayor was confirmed. I was kind of torn between asking them to perhaps sit out this round of LIVING and come back and just ignoring it. I ignored it. I don't think there's any time to go through the history of the Americas & the Supreme Court and all that jazz, plus 140 characters isn't enough to give some folks a clue *shrug*

You really have to be a minority to get the best of America sometimes.

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