Finally, after the Bush farce of selecting Harriet Miers in 2005 as his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Sandra Day O’Conner, we now get the chance to have a woman once again claim a rightful seat to the high Court. Bush and his advisers knew that selecting a less-than-qualified woman who would be bounced would allow Bush to argue that “see, I tried.” And then he could go to his original plan of selecting a male to fill the seat emptied by Sandra Day O’Conner.
While women make up just a tad over 50% of the population, they have continuously been relegated to second-class status when it comes to seats on the Supreme Court. Currently, the Court has only one woman – Ruth Bader Ginsburg – for a whopping 11% of the Court’s composition. Even when two women sat on the high court, the percentage remained at only 22% – far below the 50% of the population represented by women.
A number of presidents have looked to good ‘ole males to fill Supreme Court seats despite the fact that many qualified candidates could have been found. But now President Obama has selected a woman, Sonia Sotomayor, as his pick to replace retiring justice David Souter, ending the guessing game and the trash-talking about women’s weight and health as criteria to sit on the high bench. Simply assanine.
What a dilema for Republicans. On one hand, Sotomayor represents the “pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps” philosophy about which Republicans are so want to preen and crow. She was born in the Bronx and grew up in a public housing project. Her mother worked six days a week to raise her and her brother.
Sotomayor later graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and went on to attend Yale law school, where she was editor of the Yale Law Journal – probably under one of those oh-so-dreaded affirmative action quotas about which Republicans nash their teeth.
Republicans will be forced to find something wrong with her even though she was appointed to the federal bench by George H.W. Bush – a Republican. This could be interesting. Yes, indeed, Republicans may just be forced to confront their “speak-with-forked-tongue” philosophy.