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What they’re saying about Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, with Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama, at the White House this morning.
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Judge Sonia Sotomayor, with Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama, at the White House this morning.

Reactions to President Barack Obama’s choice of U.S. Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York to replace retiring Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court range from happy to hostile. USA Today’s reaction roundup puts it this way: “Reaction to Obama’s pick: Dems happy, GOP less so.”

Here are some reactions registered in the media today:

Sam Stein, Huffington Post: “Sotomayor’s nomination puts GOP Hispanics in a Bind”

Ruth Marcus, Washington Post: “Souter with a salsa beat”

Amanda Ruggeri, U.S. News & World Report: “Obama’s choice of Sotomayor is a political balancing act”

David Frum, New Majority.com: “Obnoxious … but in a good way?”

Associated Press roundup: “Reaction to Obama’s Supreme Court pick Sotomayor”

USA Today: “Reaction to Obama’s pick: Dems happy, GOP less so”

FOXNews.com: “Sotomayor’s judicial record could be battlefield for critics, advocates”

Michael Doyle report, McClatchy Newspapers: “Supreme Court pick gets mixed reaction from lawyers”

The Blog of Legal Times: “Roundup of Reaction to Sotomayor’s nomination”

Garance Franke-Ruta report in the Washington Post: “Women’s groups vow to fight for swift confirmation”

Here is a prescription, from May 5:

May 5 Minnesota Daily editorial: “To replace Souter, Obama’s choice should be Sonia Sotomayor who is a seasoned lawyer, currently serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals in the 2nd Circuit of New York. With her relevant experience and unique perspective, Sotomayor would be a superior choice to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court.”

And a pre-announcement critique from May 4, by Jeffrey Rosen, The New Republic: “The case against Sotomayor”

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