By now you may have heard the news that President Obama has named a possible successor for retiring Supreme Court Justice, David Souter.
Her name is Sonia Sotomayor.
The New York native’s parents came from Puerto Rico during World War II. Her father worked in a factory and didn’t speak English.She herself was born in the Bronx and grew up in a public housing project. Her father died when she was 9, leaving her mother to raise her and her younger brother on her own.
An impressive woman, Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and went on to attend Yale law school, where she was editor of the Yale Law Journal.
The 54-year-old Sotomayor, if confirmed, would become the first Hispanic and the third woman to serve on the high court. She is described as her moderate-liberal views. Confirmation hearings will most likely be held in July, before Congress leaves for the summer.
Conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh called Sotomayor a “reverse racist” on his show. Limbaugh, who is known for stirring up controversy, said he hopes Obama’s nominee fails.
“Do I want her to fail? Yeah. Do I want her to fail to get on the court? Yes. She’d be a disaster on the court,” he said. “Do I still want to Obama to fail as president? Yeah. … He’s going to fail anyway, but the sooner the better here so that as little damage can be done to the country.”
According to reports, many influential Hispanic leaders were optimistic and warned the GOP against rushing to conclusions before she pleads her case before the Senate, which must confirm her.