Obama Ignores Smear Campaign, Nominates Sotomayor for High Court

President Obama has just made his official announcement: "I have decided to nominate an inspiring woman," Judge Sonia Sotomayor of "the great state of New York." In his speech, Obama touted her experience and "careful reasoning," her Puerto Rican heritage and Bronx upbringing, and her quick decision during the baseball strike.

Glenn Greenwald:

It is very encouraging that Obama ignored the ugly, vindictive, and anonymous smear campaign led by The New Republic‘s Jeffrey Rosen and his secret cast of cowardly Eminent Liberal Legal Scholars of the Respectable Intellectual Center. People like that, engaging in tactics of that sort, have exerted far too much influence on our political culture for far too long, and Obama’s selection of one of their most recent targets both reflects and advances the erosion of their odious influence. And Obama’s choice is also a repudiation of the Jeffrey-Rosen/Ben-Wittes/StuartTaylor grievance on behalf of white males that, as Dahlia Lithwick put it, "a diverse bench must inevitably be a second-rate bench."

You would also think that being the "it" guys for "wrong on Iraq" for years would disqualify Ken Pollack, Michael O’Hanlon and the Brookings Institute (not to mention The New Republic) from ever being taken seriously again, but alas, it is not to be.

Obama ignored them all. Good for him.

Update: Here’s a list of Senate members who voted to confirm her in 1998. If Republicans start reversing themselves do their usual "hit" job, it threatens to drive another big wedge between the GOP and the Hispanic community. It’s in their DNA — they won’t be able to help themselves.

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