Following all the curiosity, publicity, genuine questions, right wing race baiting and xenophobia, confirmation hearings, and political debate; Justice Sonia Sotomayor was approved to fill the post of Associate Justice on the Supreme Court vacated by retiring Justice David Souter.
Sotomayor is now only the third female jurist to serve on the U.S Supreme Court and the first Hispanic. At about 3:00 PM Eastern time she was officially approved by the U.S Senate by a margin of 68-31. Senator Edward M Kennedy (D-MA) was absent and not voting due to illness, but has expressed support for approving Sotomayor. Sotomayor won unanimous approval from the 59 Democrats voting as well as the Senate’s two independent Democratic leading Senators and nine Republican Senators.
Republican Senators: Alexander (R-TN), Bond (MO), Collins (R-ME), Graham (R-SC), Gregg (R- NH), Lugar (R-IN), Martinez (R-FL), Snowe (R-ME), Voinivich (R-OH), dissented and voted to confirm her.
So after all the screeds and the pressure exerted by religious and racial special interest groups to placate the prejudices of conservative elements in society and and overwhelming Democratic majority in that chamber, conservative Republicans who have railed against her need to look at and question what the logical point of their caterwauling has been. Granted there are always legitimate questions about the record and decisions rendered by a Judaical nominee, but during the conformation hearings questions about her decisions seemed in short supply.
The most raucous voices against her stoking flames of prejudice on the waves of talk radio and in the arena must realize that after all their diatribes they likely still have their resentment smoldering within themselves and have gained little else. All that talk that sought to infer that because she is an Hispanic woman and is said to have empathy for parties involved in a decision, she must hate whites and only have empathy for non-whites; brings out the most base and ignorant sentiments of elements of America that refuse to advance to a more civilized and ideal nation.