by Max Brantley
CNN says it's Judge Sonia Sotomayor, an appellate judge in New York.
She'll be the first Hispanic on the court. At 54, she holds promise for long tenure. Conservatives are mad, so that's a good sign. Can Mark Pryor bring Gang of 14 member Ben Nelson to allow a vote on an Obama appointee?
She's, in fact, considered a moderate. Bloggers are wondering if she's Catholic. (She attended a Catholic high school.) If so, she'd replace an Episcopalian and give Catholics six seats of the nine. Here's a quick analysis of the judge from Jeffrey Rosen.
UPDATE: Mike Huckabee was instantly out of the box with criticism. And got the judge's name wrong. (Typo, he explains.)
Mike Huckabee comes out hard against the Sonia Sotomayor appointment, with a bit of a misfire as concerns her name:
The appointment of Maria Sotomayor for the Supreme Court is the clearest indication yet that President Obama's campaign promises to be a centrist and think in a bipartisan way were mere rhetoric. Sotomayor comes from the far left and will likely leave us with something akin to the "Extreme Court" that could mark a major shift. The notion that appellate court decisions are to be interpreted by the "feelings" of the judge is a direct affront of the basic premise of our judicial system that is supposed to apply the law without personal emotion. If she is confirmed, then we need to take the blindfold off Lady Justice.—