Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Will on Sotomayor

To the point as always:

Her ethnicity aside, Sotomayor is a conventional choice. The court will remain composed entirely of former appellate court judges. And like conventional liberals, she embraces identity politics, including the idea of categorical representation: A person is what his or her race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual preference is, and members of a particular category can be represented -- understood, empathized with -- only by persons of the same identity.

Whole article here. I suppose the choice is obvious, but no less disappointing. I think Obama had a chance to prove his supposed post-racial (identity) chops. Fail. There are far too many liberal-intellectual jurists out there that, imho, are far superior to Sotomayor in ability (e.g., Diane Wood, Stephen Reinhardt, etc). This pick is a calcualted political choice designed to appease the box-checkers. So much for change "we" can believe in.