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May 26th, 2009
08:42 AM ET

Supreme Court Pick

Sonia Sotomayor is President Obama's choice for the Supreme Court.
What do you think?


Filed under: Heidi Collins
soundoff (179 Responses)
  1. Marlon Hill

    SCOTUS is reflective of Obama DNA – a mix of pragmatism. personal touch, and political acumen.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:05 am |
  2. Kim Mance

    She is highly qualified and I'm really happy he picked a woman.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  3. Anthony Keats

    As an intellectual property lawyer, I had an opportunity to work with Judge Sotomayor when she was in private practice. She is incredibly bright, intellectually curious, and fair-minded. She is a great American success story. With respect to the area of intellectual property law Judge Sotomayor understands the importance of intellectual property not only because it is one of such great importance to America's creative community as well the business community but also because the protection of intellectual property rights was provided for in the U.S. Constitution.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:10 am |
  4. Paula T

    I begin each day with CNN, and have for some time. I appreciate your reporting on stories of importance. However, this morning I am sorely disappointed that you have analyzed and disected the proposed appointment of Sonia Solomayor to the Supreme Court BEFORE President Obama has announced it. Shame on you!

    May 26, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  5. Jack

    I am so excited to be living in this historic time. I think his pick is amazing! She will bring new life to the court! And a new perspective.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:13 am |
  6. Robert Kleeb

    Sotomayer will not be the first supreme court justice appointed to the supreme court if she is seated as being reported on CNN this morning. The first hispanic Supreme Court justice was Benjamin Cardozo in 1932.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  7. A. Laporrte

    I find your response to the announcement of the choice of Sonia Sotomayor very offensive. You initially said little about Judge Sotomayor herself, but rather launched into a somehwat incoherent report on why and how she will be opposed. Try to remember that rebuttal comes after the initial presentation.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  8. Barry S Jolly

    As President Obama has shown previously, he looks for people who have the QUALIFICATIONS to be a good choice, not those who follow the "correct" party dogma!!
    If the Republicans wish to marginalize themselves further, they'll find ways to opposed this choice instead of getting behind bi-partisan approval.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  9. Astrid Martinez

    Being a hispanic female law school student, seeing people like Sonia Sotomayor come from humble beginnings and working hard to become successful, make me feel like I can also achieve anything I propose myself to do. She is a great example to all women that the sky is the limit and not to give up on your dreams! Excellent choice President Obama!

    May 26, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  10. Dan Leahy

    CNN wastes no time in pushing the right-wing talking points about Sotomayor. Can't you at least wait until the wing-nuts start screaming their lungs out about how the world will end if Obama gets his pick approved before you start helping them do it? And, believe me, within a couple of days, it will sound like Obama has nominated Fidel Castro for the bench.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  11. Tom

    Of course republicans are against her, she does look or "think" like George W Bush...that means a white guy who's regressive folks.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  12. Manjula

    I was really glad to hear that President Obama picked Judget Sotomayor. We need Diversity in the Supreme Court, and I believe she brings and represents exactly that.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  13. John Brooks

    Ms. Sotomayor would not be the first hispanic supreme court justice.Benjamin Cardoza, an hispanic, served from 1932-1938

    May 26, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  14. dan in Tucson

    I think Obama made a wise decision. Anyone who would upset the Republicans must be a good candidate.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  15. Rick

    I think its about time that a Hispanic is nominated to be a Supreme Court Justice. Obama is doing a great job to show the American youth that the positions of power are open to everyone not just white males.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  16. David

    im very happy with the pick,we need more "real" people in the high court !

    May 26, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  17. Myriam Rullan

    It was time that a Hispanic person serve as a judge for the U.S. Supreme Court. First time in the history of this country. I am very proud hispanic, citizen of this great country and the U.S. Supreme Court needs to be diverse.

    Great choice President Obama!

    Myriam Rullan

    May 26, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  18. A.C.

    An excellent choice by President Obama. Republicans have no clue and want to jump all over this; but then again, that would be true of any pick by the President. If Obama lifts his hand, the repubs will argue he didn't lift it high enough. Instead of looking at what's best for the country, too many conservatives what to complain and find fault. I love that President Obama does what he believes is in the best interest of the country, and is not swayed by political agenda.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  19. Rick

    Robert,
    your so wrong Cardozo was of Portuguese decent. Portuguese are not considered to be Hispanic. Hispanic refers to the people that come from countries that were formally ruled by Spain. In which the majority of the people speak Spanish and display Spanish cultures and traditions. Portuguese people dont fit the definition of Hispanics.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  20. David

    The choice does not surprise me as Obama is a Socialist and a Muslim

    He will try to push this quickly through Congress as he has swith other items.

    I absoutely don't trust this Socialist. Look what he is doing with Unions who have destroyed American industry

    David

    May 26, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  21. gina

    i think it could have been a worst pick... sotomayor is pretty moderate...she was pick by bush 41 and then clinton.....
    some times fighting for fighting sake comes across as desperate

    May 26, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  22. Michael

    President Obama is making history everywhere he goes,
    Judge Sotomayor is definitely qualified.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  23. Magali Axson

    I would just like to correct the guest you just had on who stated that Sonia was the daughter of two Puerto Rican Immigrants. Puerto Ricans are Americans due to the fact that Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States and therefore cannot be immigrants.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  24. LJ

    STOP CALLING SONIA SOTOMAYER AN IMMIGRANT. HER PARENTS ARE FROM PUERTO RICO, NO ONE IMMIGRATES FROM THE US TO THE US!!!!! PUERTO RICANS ARE US CITIZENS.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  25. TIm

    This is a historical event as it was for African Americans to have Thurgood Marshal this is the Thurgood Marshal for Hispanics everywhere.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  26. Donne Gordon

    Her experience and her life story are an inspiration for all! Another great job done by President Obama!

    May 26, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  27. Harry Everhart

    She's no Harriet Miers.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  28. Beau

    I think this is a wonderful pick and she will bring much experience to the court. The supreme court should reflect the look of America and not everyone in this country is a stuffy white guy. There are women and minorities also and they can bring new dimensions and a fresh outlook to the court.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  29. John Brooks

    Benjamin Cardoza the FIRST hispanic supreme court justice was nominated by Herbert Hoover ,a Republican. The slaves were freed by Abraham Lincoln,a Republican,Everett Dirksen,Republican,was a key sponsor of the civil rights act of 1964.Please study your history.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  30. Frank Mitchell

    CONGRATULATIONS to the JUDGE!!!!! Her LIFE Story is INSPIRING & it is TIME that ONE BORN with NO Spoon in Her MOUTH has a VOICE in the INTERPERTATION of the LAWS of the LAND!!!!! The REPUBLICANS Challenge this Choice at their PERIL!!!!! YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS!!!!!!

    May 26, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  31. Maria Ivette Torres

    The young man from CNN en Espanol made a comment that Sonia Sotomayor is a child from 2 immigrants from Puerto Rico. A correction has to be made Puerto Ricans are American Citizens so therefore we are not immigrants.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  32. Carl Clark

    Good choice, representative of a huge hispanic poulation and adds another woman's perspective to a male dominated court.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  33. carolina

    I feel this is a great pick; however, I wish the media/public would not make such a big deal about the person's race, gender, ethnicity we should look at people for their experience, history, qualifications, etc.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  34. Bobby McCarty

    Watched the stories for 20 minutes before I remembered a news network might consider being different than an lobby group for a supreme court nominee.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  35. Neal

    Jeffrey Toobin ought to read his own book. Justice Cardozo was the first hispanic; Sotomayor will be the first female hispanic justice if confirmed.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  36. debalicious

    I hope that President Obama chose Sotomayor based on her education and professional background and not because he was pressured to choose a woman or a latino.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  37. LJ

    Please make the correction to Sonia Sotomayors background. The CNN Espanol correspondent was WRONG to call her parents immigrants. Puerto Ricans as US citizens MOVE to the mainland, they do NOT immigrate to the US.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  38. Toni Berrios

    Sonia Sotomayor is an excellent choice for the Supreme Court. She has an excellent education, record and experience. I am glad to see another woman on the Supreme Court and a Hispanic. I think it is very important to have someone on the Supreme Court with her kind of personal story. Obama also showed his commitment to bipartisanship with this choice.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  39. Leye

    Great Pick. My hats off to this President. He delivers when it matters the most. She is a fabulous intellect. We need more rational minded and thinking people on the court and not individuals with a pre-set agenda. I would really like to see the republican response to this pick. Quite frankly if they dont support this pick in a bi-partisan way, they will only be digging a deeper grave for themselves and it would show how clueless they trully are at the moment.

    Once again great pick Mr. President.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  40. Timothy

    Looks like a great nomination – I'm betting his next choice will be more diverse in that it will not come from the Federal Appeals Court.

    Republicans are crazy to suggest they won't have enough time for confirmation between now and August – gimme a break, it's still May – that's over two months to try to knock a sitting Federal Appeals Court Judge who's previously gone through the system. They would be best served to help her fly through the confirmation process and get her off the front page as opposed to looking like the partisan hacks they've appeared to be recently.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  41. Rebecca Branham

    If Ms Sotomayor is able to do the job then she should be giving the chance. People vocus to much on race, gender, and nationality in today world.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  42. Sebastian Cardona

    I think the pick of Judge Sotomayor is a great advantage for all Americans. With this choice, our President is showing that the United States of America is a diverse country which is opened to change, as Mr. Obama said earlier.
    I think judge Sotomayor is also a very prepared and qualified woman to be a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  43. Reggie

    Too early to really comment. However, from what I have read about her experience she seems to have more experience at this point in a nomination process than anyone in decades which is a plus. I'm sure this is a small victory not only for women, but for the Hispanic community as well. For hard far left liberals, this may leave another bitter taste in their mouths yet again. Obama seems to be more moderate Republican at this stage of his Presidency than the radical liberal socialist people have been trying to paint him.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  44. Stephen Monteith

    There's always at least one case that provides a backdoor to a judge's (or politician's) true ideology. In Judge Sotomayor's case, ruling that minority quotas are more important than ability to save lives in the New Haven firefighter case shows where her priorities lie.

    http://youngconservative27.blogspot.com/

    May 26, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  45. Amanda

    I'm a woman and I'm disasppointed in her appointment. I'm not saying she's not qualified, but I think deep down we all know that he wants to appoint her because A. She's a women and B. She's hispanic. I'm sure there were better qualified people out there for the job.

    He has to appeal to the people who voted for him after all. He's trying to appeal to all liberals, and upset the conservatives. We need more moderates on the court.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  46. J. Howard

    Great Choice by President Obama. However, Sonia will be judge on her on merits. The court should be diversified. Remember, she only has one voice.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  47. Bernadette Loesch

    Dear Heidi, In this day and age we in the U.S. should not be choosing a Supreme Court Justice by race or gender. Shame on us for still be stuck in this mode. Having said that, I believe that our Pres. has chosen the person best qualified for the position. We as Americans finally deserve some balance on the court, it is long overdue. The Republicans have had their way much too long.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  48. Rick

    John,
    First get the name right its Benjamin Cardozo, not Cardoza.
    Second he was of Portuguese decent. Persons of Portuguese decent are not of Hispanic decent.
    Please refer to the comment I left for Robert so you can see what Hispanic means.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  49. Orlando Gonzales/Mesquite Texas

    Sotomayor a great pick for SCOTUS, Obama is delivering and he's making the republican's heads spin, they have no answers. Let them try and hold up or filibuster this nomination and see how many latino votes they get in the next election. I'm a latin male and I'm delighted and overjoyed.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  50. Eric Rodriguez

    As a Puerto Rican formerly of the Bronx, it makes me proud to see one of us in such a position. Now I believe the Supreme Court is truly balanced and a true representation of the people.God bless Pres. Obama and God bless America

    May 26, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  51. Nancy in Chicago

    Brava Sonia. It appears your credintials are impecable. Great choice President Obama.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  52. Polly Baca

    Fantastic choice! Judge Sonia Sotomayor is a brilliant, dedicated and intellectually able jurist; a warm, modest and caring individual. The U.S. Senate needs to confirm this historic appointment ASAP. We need her intellectual honesty on the Supreme Court. President Obama has made the BEST choice!!!

    May 26, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  53. LJ

    Cardozo was Portuguese which makes him European people of the blog. C'mon people!!! Portuguese people are from Portugal which is in Europe, he was not Hispanic. Sonia Sotomayor is the First Hispanic on the Supreme Court,

    May 26, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  54. Steve W.

    Obama is obviously continuing to payback those who helped elect him (unions, minorities, etc.) regardless of the validity of his selection.
    By requiring 'empathy' from the choice, lady liberty can remove her blindfold and rule based on what she sees and 'feels' and not by following the LAW regardless of the race, color, etc.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  55. Lin Meacher

    I love Pres Obama's choice of Sonia Sotomayor!!! Bring on the change. Bring back justice. She is a brilliant, fairminded scholar who can out debate Scalia et al.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  56. New Yorker

    Frankly, I'm still a bit in shock that Suzanne Malveaux (sp?) referred to Sonia Sotomayor as "two-fer." Without a doubt being Hispanic and a woman helped, but so do other personal characteristics.

    Do we refer to rich white men nominees as "three-fers"?

    Given President Obama's inclination to pick moderates it seems like a very sensible choice. I look forward to learning more about her.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  57. Amadeus Leon

    An unparalled and laudable choice by President Obama. Justice Sotomayor will become a true reflection of the decisions, attitudes, and the dynamics of our beautiful and colorful nation. A transfomational decision by President Obama will resonate postively in the long halls in our minds for years to pass. The unfortunate issue for the Fox News is that they will have to punch the clock longer to disparage anyone in relation to our commander in chief.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  58. Anthony S.

    I live in nyc and i am so excited. I just woke up d just say the news and this guy was taking about she might not be smart enough and am like dude do you know he, i heard her qualifications and they sounds great to me. She sounds like a moderate and that is what we need. we dont need a extreme right wing with chief justice Robbert's or a extreme left wing. Its unbelievable people are already saying no to her and she has not yet been formally appointed

    May 26, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  59. Ruth

    Americans should support the decisions of our President. We as a nation should also see the need for diversity on the highest court in the land. Comments about the candidates intellect should only be discussed if we are going to discuss the intellect of all other who are currently serving on the bench and all those who have ever been nominated to serve. STOP seeking to find the negative in decisions that do not go our way. We are all Americans.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  60. Kathy Rayford

    I think everyone is making a big deal out of nothing. Let the President do his job. Having another woman would not hurt anything at all, besides I am tired of looking at all those men. She might be just what the Supreme Court needs.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  61. New Yorker

    Typo Correction:

    Frankly, I’m still a bit in shock that Suzanne Malveaux (sp?) referred to Sonia Sotomayor as a “two-fer.”

    May 26, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  62. AJ

    How ironic that two of your three white Male correspondents both wonder whether Justice Sotomayor will be up to intellectually challenging the white males on the court.
    Thank goodness there isn't any sexism in your news department.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  63. Abe

    Being a Puerto Rican and with five daughters, it gives me great pride and joy to be able to tell my girls that the sky is the limit.

    It's a great day for America !!!!!!

    Abe Aguayo
    Paterson NJ

    May 26, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  64. Alan Jamison

    B.O. Does it again!!! Great choice!

    May 26, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  65. Vernice

    As a woman and conservative democrat - I am happy that his pick is a woman – an African American woman (Ward Sears) would have been even nicer.... But Sotomayor is a good. However, I would like to add that CNN wasted no time going after Sonia Sotomayor............. Stop with all the negativity. I wonder what we would find if we look into all of the anchors and reporters personal lives.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  66. PAULI HOGAN

    OBAMA IS A CONSTITUTIONAL SCHOLAR. YOU GUYS ARENT TALKING ABOUT THAT. WHY/////

    May 26, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  67. Jeffrey B.

    I am surprised, and relieved, President Obama did not nominate a ...
    Afro-American, Israeli, Iranian, Moderate Republican, Unemployed Autoworker,Euro, Environmental, Chinese, Anti-Nuclear, Whale.

    Her Honor, Ms. Sotomayor, appears to be a well-grounded judicial choice; we may [I said ... MAY] have our first pragmatic, rational president in many decades.
    I'll keep my fingers crossed.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  68. Nadaniel

    Sonia Sotomayor is an appropriate pick, as this administration will deal with rights of the uprising minority group, as well as being a token female and hispanic. She has the proper credentials, and will serve as an excellent replacement for David Souter.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  69. Jerry

    BORING. Yes the Supreme Court and the appointments are very important but why say the same things over and over and over??? Great selection, here are the pros here are the cons – MOVE ON.

    Surely there are a few other things going on this morning.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  70. Scott Famulare

    I am not completely acquainted with Sotomayor's history and qualifications but I am sure President Obama is. I trust his judgement and I think it is a great step toward making the government of the United States look a lot more like the population of the United States. It looks like a 'safe' pick because Republicans have approved her in the past few years. I am happy with this pick and hope and pray President Obama gets to pick 2 or 3 more Supreme Court Justices.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  71. ellenrichardson

    President Obama, as was expected by most of us who are thankful that he was elected to the highest office in the land, has shown us the
    wisdom he has .
    The woman he has chosen is the best for the job. Don"t believe it ,read her resume!

    May 26, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  72. New Yorker

    Malveaux just referred to Sotomayor as a "two-fer" again. That is INSULTING and OFFENSIVE for the reasons discussed in my comment above.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  73. Jacki G.

    I think she's great and she seems to have impeccable credentials. However, I can't help wishing his first pick would have been a flaming liberal while he has the votes to push it through. He could have saved her for the next replacement. We'll see. Perhaps she'll be so disgusted by Thomas, Alito, and Roberts that she will move off her moderate liberal position towards the left.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  74. Brian Laube

    Republicans need to face REALITY!!! Sotomayor WILL be seated and will proabably serve the rest of her career in the United States Supreme Court. I don't understand why people have to make a mountain out of a molehill. She has a very good record and a very humble past that could bring alot of experience and intellect to our court systems. OBAMA CAN'T PLEASE EVERYBODY, SO STOP MAKING HIM LOOK LIKE THE BAD GUY EVERYTIME HE OPENS HIS MOUTH. When will our country learn that we could get so much more accomplished with praise and encouragement, rather than negativity and disapproval. Give Sonia Sotomayor a chance to prove herself, and who know, she just may be one of the best Supreme Court Justice's we have ever seen.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  75. CIM

    Finally! Excellent choice! A historic pick and great to have Hispanic representation. She has the intellect, the education and the preparation for this position. Hopefully, her compassion and warmth does not hinder her advancement, as these qualities are frowned on in the cutneck business world! If confirmed, then the law of the land will finally have equality on the Supreme Court!

    May 26, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  76. Vernice

    Justice Cardozo had a very, very mixed back ground so the media (interesting idiots) disclaim him as the first Latino Justice.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  77. CONCERNED IN LOUISIANA

    Like in so many of our newly elected postions , is this the best person for the job ? Or is this the best minority person for this job ?

    May 26, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  78. Kathy Rayford

    I think everyone is maing a big deal out of nothing. Everyone needs to let the President do his job. I don't see anything wrong with his pick and I am sure she will do a good job. Besides I am tired of looking at all those men.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  79. Ron

    If the Supreme Court nominee’s parents are from Porto Rico they are NOT immigrants. They are American citizens who can come to the mainland any time unlike Hispanics from Mexico so please stop referring to them as immigrants

    May 26, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  80. Winston

    For 8 years the court was politicized to the Conservatives side. Catholics were added to increase the possibility of overturning Roe v Wade. Where was the GOP concern? Why is the GOP worried about someone who does not pass their litmus test. So much for thinking we live in a Republic. Again the politicians have forgotten the upbrella words of the U S Constitution. Shame.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  81. Kevin Doran

    Hello,
    It's about time that America wakes up. President Obama is not concerned about the AMERICAN people at all. His whole agenda is based one one thing and one thing only, and that is VOTES for the Democratic party. America please wake-up!!!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  82. John Coffey

    Excellent choice President Obama! I have read a little about the few nominees who were rumored to be on the short list but I knew enough about some to accept Sottomayor as a real good choice. It should be someone who in touch with the real world, so he/she would be far better judge than an Alito that George W. Bush picked.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  83. Rebecca

    I am glad that Obama's pick is actually a judge. I was very worried about him considering a politician or governor as a supreme court justice as I think a supreme court justice is supposed to interpret law and the constitution. I don't think non-judge candidates have enough experience to be in this particular job.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  84. Philip Robillard

    I think Sonia Sotomayor is a wonderful pick. I feel the court should be better balanced. It should be evenly balanced with conservatives and liberals, men and women, and whites and minorities. It should EQUALLY represent ALL people not just conservative republican males.
    I think President Obama is doing a good job trying to represent everyone.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  85. Nita

    Another first! It's great and hopefully someday it will become just "another pick" and not whether they are black, Hispanic, female or other. But he or she are selected because of their credentials!

    May 26, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  86. Jerry DeLemos

    I think its great. Give those stuffy white men a run for their money. You need some soul on the bench. The court needs a person who grew up without a silver spoon in their mouth.Ginsberg needs a buddy and the court needs diversity. I don't c are what the right wingnuts says judges are going to interrpid law on the bench.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  87. Roberta

    Sonia Sotomayor is an excellent choice for the Supreme Court.I am glad to see another woman on the Supreme Court.She is a fabulous intellect.I think it is very important to have someone on the Supreme Court with her kind of personal story.Awesome pick.More power to her and the President.GOOD CHOICE!!!

    May 26, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  88. Norman Marcus

    Heidi: I thought the first HISPANIC Supreme Court Justice was Benjamin Cordozo ? He served under FDR in the 1930s. The definition of Hispanic states that a person from a Spanish Country or Spanish Background is Hispanic. Wikipedia has Cardozo listed as the FIRST HISPANIC Supreme Court Justice. Cardozo was a Spanish Jew. Do you have to be Catholic to be a real Hispanic? I don't think so.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  89. paul barnett

    the only person the gop would be happy with is a person that would require a pistol in every pocket and an assault weapon in every house next the the required 10 commandments.

    paul

    May 26, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  90. KJ

    I am proud of our President for making the hard and not so popular decisions. I am proud that our President sees the importance of our Supreme Court Justices being ethnically diverse and a representation of how America looks!

    May 26, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  91. Sean

    The pick of Ms. Sotomayor is an unfortunate choice, considering her advocacy of the "identity politics" culture that continues to tear at the fabric and unity of our nation. Rather than being a force for gender- and race-neutral philosophy, she seems to harbor racist and sexist viewpoints that may taint her actions as a Supreme Court Justice. This is highlighted by her speech at Berkeley some years ago, in which she asserts that white males are innately unable to judge cases as fairly as a Latina female.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  92. John R. Austin

    Phenomenal choice! Judge Sotomayor is a one, two punch knockout. First, she has excellent education and training. Secondly, and most importantly, she came from humble beginnings which simply means she was born and raised in the "real world" and can adjudicate real world matters realistically...

    May 26, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  93. Suz C

    Great choice! Managed to get a woman AND an Hispanic AND an excellent, experienced jurist with a "common folk" background but "high class education."

    I swear if the Republicans "just say No" to this woman, who was first put on the bench by a Republican (who was unconcerned by the fact that she understands her thought processes cannot be totally disconnected from who she is at any point in time), they are DONE! They will have proved that they cannot take Yes for an answer!

    And, by the way, perhaps CNN can stop picking apart the nominee before she has even become the nominee!!! SOMEtimes creating dissent or problems where none exist is simply NOT useful! I have turned you off more than once lately, including this last hour. I have an idea: Try just ONCE just for an HOUR to say something POSITIVE about an Obama decision!

    May 26, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  94. jackie

    As a woman, I feel proud that Obama didn't go to the "good 'ol boys" club for his pick. However, why are the media ignoring Benjiman Cardozo as being actually the first "Hispanic" to the court? He was a Sephardic Jew. Sephardic Jews orginated from Spain, but fleeing Spain during the Inquisition. Does it make a difference if his ancestors fled to Portugal for sanctuary? His family was no less "Hispanic" than if they fled to France, Italy, etc. Santomayor is now the first FEMALE "Hispanic" to the court. Give credit and identity where it belongs!!

    Nevertheless, I believe she is a good pick because of her coming from the streets of New York; she's lived life!

    May 26, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  95. chrissy c.

    Talk about losing control of OUR country , how many minorities signed the DECLORATION OF INDEPEDENCE ? If ANY let me know because there are so many more people that are more experienced for the job .

    May 26, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  96. Lisa

    We should not care about her upbringing, her story, we should be concern only if she can go by the law, the judges are not to win a popularity contents is to go by the law, not to make new laws or put in motions their touchy feelings. They are putting to much emphasis to be the first latina on the supreme court, all of that goes off the window if her opinions are base on what she feels or what is in her agenda. I was born and raise in Puerto Rico in my opinion if she is not a candidate that is qualify to interpret the law how it is and not how she wanted to be, then it is not a good candidate for the supreme, we have plenty of those who are make laws from the bench and should not be that way. We the people, need judges to go by the law not to make laws from the bench.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  97. Charlie Erickson

    Portugal is a part of the Iberian penninsula, which during the time of the Roman Empire, was known as Hispania, the root word for hispanic. So Hispanic has come to mean, those who are from and descended from Iberia.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  98. John Harris

    I am very disappointed this morning. I am a real American folks!!! And this is just another example of an affirmative action hire by the far left!! She is not an American and neither is the president. It is impossible that "Sotomayor" could be the "BEST" possible choice for this position and you all know it!! How come this administration is discriminating against qualified white, American born candidates !?!

    May 26, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  99. Ted

    What is Obama thinking? Why is he including a capacity of empathy as a qualification for his nomination of Ms. Sotomayor when such a quality, sorry to say, has NO place whatsoever in the Supreme Court.

    The only function of the Supreme Court is to interpret the law and determine if it violates the Constitution or not. Nothing more. A prospective judge's race and gender also should not be considered at all, as they have nothing to do with the Court's function either.

    The more we make law a personal entity, a human entity, the more we take away from its effectiveness. We cannot allow anyone on the Supreme Court to consider the happiness and liveliness of others to be above the Constitution if their decision would be against said document.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  100. Rob Sayles

    Somewhere along the lines on your program this a.m. I heard this strange noise that Sonia Sotomayor's selection was (perhaps)a "safe" bet for President Obama.
    My face hurts from laughing. Someone please tell me which decison the President has made so far that has been "safe?"
    Sotomayor is down to earth, experienced and qualified...oh yeah, she's female and hispanic -whatever.
    President Obama continually shows that he is not afraid to make the decisions he feels are in the best interest of the country and this is simply one more in what I hope is a path that brings us back to being a nation that is the envy of the world.
    I personally love it and hope to high heaven the Republicans eventually get on board the do-the-best-thing-for-the-country train and quit worrying about their image which is badly tarnished at the moment anyway.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  101. Rick

    Ok, here is a piece from Cardozo Wikipedia page. He was not a Spanish Jew...Born in New York City to Albert and Rebecca Nathan Cardozo, Benjamin was a twin, with his sister Emily. Some of Cardozo's ancestors were Portuguese Jews.
    Sorry all you hating Republicans Obama is making history again just like he did when he nominated the first African American Attorney General, and the first African American Chief of staff.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  102. New Yorker

    For a more reliable discussion about Justice Cardozo's ancestry, I suggest this article, which intereviews a Harvard Law School professor who wrote a biography of Cardozo. The professor, Andrew Kaufman, stated:

    "I have had many long conversations with a variety of newspaper people about whether Cardozo was the first whatever-name-you-want-to-use. It’s all in the context. Many Spanish would deny that Portuguese are Hispanic. Many Jews do not regard themselves as ethnically part of the European country they came from. Many Sephardic Jews probably do regard themselves as ethnically Spanish and Portuguese and Cardozo’s synagogue was and still is known as the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue. Many Spanish and Portuguese probably did not regard Jews as part of their culture, and I can understand that many Americans of Mexican heritage would not so regard Cardozo."

    http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2009/05/12/has-the-supreme-court-already-had-a-hispanic-justice/

    May 26, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  103. Maureen

    Benjamin Cardoza is of Jewish descent (the supreme court justice in 1932). I 'm glad Pres. Obama chose Judge Sotomayor a wise pick. The repubs. are already planning to drag out her nomination even though it's been reported that she is a certainly to be chosen. The repubs are digging a deeper hole & very soon will be buried.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  104. john f. conte

    i am all in favor of a u.s.supreme court represented by as many different cultures as possible. however, when deciding cases the judges must ignore their backgrounds to be effective in deciding cases that will be fair to all u.s. citizens. isn't that the kind of wisdom that we all want to see on the highest bench in the land? If Judge Sonia Sotomayor does not ignore her ethnic and gender background when deciding cases then she should not be seated on the highest court of the u.s. I would be naive to think that none of the supreme court justices let backgrounds influence in some way decisions in cases presented before the court. but to blantanly state that gender and ethnicity should be taken into account when deciding cases is tantamount to Solomon slicing the baby in half without exercising the wisdom necessary in arriving at a just decision. did justice o'connor consider her irish and female backgrounds when deciding cases? i think not. neither do i think any justice wittingly does so.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  105. Justin T

    New Yorkers know NOTHING about America.

    They live in their own world of violence and vice and high priced apartments.

    This woman has nothing in common with common people.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  106. Jeanne Pangelinan

    I believe President Obama has foresight and his decisions are not made lightly. His concerns are for the future in our changing times. His choice of Judge Sotomayor is just that 'CHANGE'.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  107. mimi

    "Modern usage of the term "Hispanic" is not meant to include individuals of Portuguese descent, rather the term refers only to those who are descended from Spain, Latin America, and other countries that were once part of the Spanish Empire.

    The correct term to describe those of Portuguese descent is Lusophone, derived from the Lusitanians, one of the first Indo-European tribes to settle in Europe."

    I read Cardozo's biography. I don't consider him Hispanic by any stretch of the imagination.

    I'm estatic over the President's pick. Congratulations Judge Sotomayor!

    May 26, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  108. Jim G

    Incredibly inspirational! Today, the American Dream has been re-born!

    May 26, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  109. Mike Moseley

    Pres. Obama has made an excellent choice with Judge Sotomayor, For the Republicans to fight this nomination just for the sake of fighting it would be dumb. Jeffery Toobin made an a point this morning that I have wanted someone to say for a while-that being, this is the new face of America. And believe it or not, that's what has most of the Republicans upset now....new faces.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  110. David

    As we are just getting acquainted with Justice Sotomayor, it seems like her experience in the federal courts that I am right now learning is extensive as well as her work as a corporate lawyer and asst. district attorney give her an impressive body of legal experience. I don't know her record on "hot button" issues, but I love hearing a federal judge speak. We learn a tremdous amount about the law from that. A thoroughly fascinating morning. Just my quick thoughts right now.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  111. Harvey Kugler

    What a wonderful and inspring choice.. I am so happy .

    May 26, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  112. Rosa Torres-Sadler

    As a American, I am proud. As a Puerto Rican woman, I am jumping for joy. This is a positive move for all people. Judge Sotomayor, will be for all Ameicans that, deserve justice.

    God bless our President Obama and Vice President Biden and God bless Judge Sotomayor.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  113. Scott Stodden

    What a President we in the United States have, Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Supreme Court nominee and Im so happy that President Obama is bringing diversity to the Supreme Court. She looks and sounds like a delightful woman who does not make rash decisions. I beleive she will serve the Supreme Court in a mighty way that we have never seen, she brings much experience with her to the high court and Im sure she will do well. Can you imagine if President Obama has to replace one or two more justices who he would nominate, Im waiting for the day when we see not just a Hispanic but a African-American woman. Great choice President Obama, you impress me more and more everyday in your administration.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, Il)

    May 26, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  114. Jamail

    As an American watching our historic President nominate a historic judge, I have goose bumps. I am crying because, before our eyes our country is changing and changing for the better. We are practicnig what we have preached and what the Constitution has promised. A country that embraces all people based on skills and not colors.

    By the way, thank you Heidi, for asking the personal questions that you know, we the audience are asking. What was the feel of the audience, what are they saying on Capital Hill? We want to feel the moment.

    Please keep going back to Jeff, he really gives an unbias intellectual perspective and for those of us who don't know the law and what to expect, he asks and answers the questions. I have a crush on Jeff:)

    May 26, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  115. Steve in NC

    Why did CNN announce Sonia Sotomayor as The president's nominee before he had the opportunity to make the offocial announcement? I don't mind that CNN found out ahead of time; it gives you time to arrange background information,video, etc. prior to the announcement. It seems so rude for you to feel the need to scoop the president.

    As to Sonia Sotomayor as the nomine: she is an outstanding choice.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  116. ron

    this just shows how quickly obama folds under pressure.
    lets see how the real problem he;s been ignoring korea ?

    May 26, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  117. Pholanda Copridge

    Great choice! I believe that all faces of America should be represented in the Supreme Court and Sonia Sotomayor is truly qualified.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  118. E Z Iyriboz

    Excellent choice! She is accomplished and well-suited for the job. I am also very excied that she happens to be a woman and a Latina. It is important to have people of different backgrounds in order to represent the diversity of this great nation.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  119. Jerome Higgins

    Excellent choice and brilliant manuver. She is the perfect person for the appointment. I can't wait to see what the right-wing will have to complain about. This will be interesting event in the next few weeks.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  120. Ray Thompson

    The President's decision to nominate Judge Sotomayor demonstrates the country's renewed confidence that the U.S. is a country that holds the promise of true diversity and hopeful posibilities for all Americans.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  121. Robyn

    This is an historic story, no doubt. However hours of coverage on one topic, going over the same things over and over, without any other news coverage on anything else makes for boring TV and frankly irritated me today. I always start my day with CNN and I just feel like you were beating a dead horse this morning. Just my humble opinion.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  122. sara loarte

    I believe President Obama has made a very wise choice in appointing
    Judge Sotomayor. Her credentials are exceptional and her life experiences show that family, hard work and dedication can drive you to success. As a fellow Puerto Rican professional raised in the Bronx, she is an inspiration to me. Her personal background is reflective of so many of us who have families that take "no" for an answer. While her educational achievements are impressive, her life experiences have provided her with the tools that will help her surpass any challenge she faces. As we like to say...the Bronx makes you or breaks you. I congratulate her on her achievement and I am expremely proud of our President for the appointment!

    May 26, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  123. Robert E. Williams

    Again im very much pleased with the prsidents choice to the high courts, From what i heard about her means that she does have the qaulifacations to be a judge on the supream courts of this nation

    May she continue to be blessed in all her endeavers as a judge and may God continue to bless her mother and family as well.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  124. Ralph Hanson

    I think the choice of a lifelong diabetic is brilliant.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  125. johncoxatlanta

    She is inspiring.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  126. Betty E.

    I don't think we should focus on her race at all. I think her qualifications should be the most important things here. I don't think her ethnic backround really has that much to do with her ability to serve on the Supreme Court.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  127. Chris Driscoll

    A red flag started flashing before my eyes as soon as I saw who President Obama's nominee was. This woman specialized in 'intellectual property' law when in private practice and worked for big business American and European monopolies. With big business increasingly claiming to own everything intellectual from the genes of natural plants and animals to the life's work of great authors, musicians and artists, do we really need a woman who specializes in helping big business steal the intellectual property of the world on the Supreme Court?

    May 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  128. Reggie

    Cmon Party of No. I know it's only a matter of time before you come firing away at this nominee for the SCOTUS. It will be kind of hard though since she had been previously confirmed by both Democratic and Republican Presidents for the bench. And the fact that there are still 8 GOP'ers who confirmed her nomination in 1998 to the position she holds now. I really wonder what their argument will be today.

    However, I did not know until today that she issued the preliminary injunction against Major League Baseball, preventing MLB from unilaterally implementing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and using replacement players, thus ending the 1994 baseball strike.

    Impressive.

    Like all judges there are cases and opinions that will rub a lot of people the wrong way and that's the life of a judge. As long as their views aren't too far to the right or too far to the left, all we can ask for is a moderate and pragmatic approach to implementing the law.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  129. David

    Reading over Judge Sotomayor's opinions is amazing, because she is so smart that they all seem entirely simple. She has the ability to take very complicated issues of law, honestly apply that law in finding the best answer, and then making that answer seem like it was obvious from the beginning.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  130. Guddy

    Very good choice. President Obama has always shown, that he is a very smart President.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  131. Tammy Sanchez

    It is a especially proud moment for me as a puertorrican woman. Not only is Mrs. Sotomayor qualified but she has experienced the struggles that most families go through to get where she is. She has done it with grace and dignity and with her family by her side...those are American values not just hispanic values. I feel the President's pick will balance the court and give it a broader more real perspective. Congratulations on a great achievement!

    May 26, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  132. Leslie

    Viva Puertoriquena! Now maybe we can restore some integrity to a Supreme Court that has been actively supporting corporations over people. The constitution states "rights are endowed by the Creator." No supreme court or legislation can grant a corporation a right to life.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  133. Mary Ann Benites-Kaplan

    Bravo! I am proud of President Obama's choice with Judge Sotomayor. Not only is she a well educated person, but she is a role model for women and Hispanics. I am also a Hispanic professional, and I feel very proud today. Thanks you, Professor Benites-Kaplan

    May 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  134. Charlie Erickson

    It's amazing that in this day and age, that there are still people in this country who just love to hate others, especially those who are physically and culturally different and who do not share their views. Anyway, they are in a rapidly shrinking minority, and hopefully close to extinction.

    Hooray for Sonia Sotomayor. Hey, if she saved baseball, then she has my vote; that is if I had a vote.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  135. Marcos

    Yes, I am Hispanic, but I don't want people to focus so much on her ethnicity, please let's focus on her credentials. If this was an Anglo person, we would not focus on his/her ethnicity. I am proud that she is hispanic; however I'm interested to see what she has to offer for our country. I'm a huge supporter of change, and yes, our world is changing, so for all those people out there that are so focused on the outter layer of the person, this just may be the hell they deserve to live in because it's this change that people are so apprehensive to face head on.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  136. Charela Lee

    THIS IS GREAT! SHE IS THE PERFECT AGE! THIS IS A GREAT PICK! I AM GLAD TO SEE ME A MOVING TOWARD BALANCE OF POWER IN OUR COUNTRY! Conservatives and liberals UNITE!

    May 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  137. George Cohen

    I am hopeful Judge Sotomayor will bring a fair point of view to the court.

    I am sick and tired of hearing the conservatives whine about activist judges. I was personally a victim of activist conservative judges in Florida.This panel of three went against precedence and ruled against me in favor of big religion.

    As long as the laws are written ambiguously, there will be a need for judges to determine what the lawmakers meant. I would much rather a judge that favors the common man than big business... and that's what this is all about.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  138. Mary Ann Benites

    I am very pleased with President Obama's pick with Sonia Sotomayor.
    Judge Sotomayor has the education and qualifications required for this position. Also, she is a role model for women and Hispanics.
    Thank you, Mary Ann Benites Miami, Florida

    May 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  139. Luis Cubillos

    As a "hispanic", and a native of Colombia, who prefers that the ethnicity of the supreme justice not be an issue, I am nevertheless happy as a liberal. But I am against bi-lingual education and Spanish as an official language. My brothers and I assimilated just as Italians, Germans, and others before me, and this should continue to be the expectation. Soto-Mayor's humble beginnings are key, screw the hispanic background. We should all remember that the former Attorney general was the evil troll Gonzalez.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  140. Marc from Canada

    Nice to see that John Harris's opinion is in the minority here. Well done America!

    May 26, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  141. NCVet69

    To My Far Right-Wing Friends:

    People like you are the BIG REASON why the Republican Party continues to lose the support of MOST Americans! Your Right-Wing religious beliefs are NOT the main concerns of MOST Americans. Continue on with your "social wedge" issues and I can assure you that the Republican Party will be a non-issue party of the South for many, many years to come. If the Republicans were smart, they tell Druggie Limbaugh to shut up and embrace an era of new thinking within the Republican Party like Megan McCain. BTW, this was a GREAT pick by President Obama!

    May 26, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  142. Linda Stevens

    We are supposed to have a representative government. So, let it be respresentive! This is not 1950 America. White people are no longer the majority in this country. In 2009 we have people from all countries and religions. Let them be representative! It is only fair!

    May 26, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  143. Kari F.

    I am excited that Obama would place another minority into a position of power, but I want her to be remembered for the wonderful job she can, and most likely will, do, not merely because she is Hispanic. It's important to me that when Obama was elected that he did great things to be remembered by, not just that he was a man of color in the White House, and I apply the same principles to all other minorities as they take their places in our highest levels of government.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  144. dan

    When sotomayor ruled against the 11 white firemen up for a fair and rightfully earned promotions,she senta clear message to white men that in America ,they are 2nd class citizens and don't have equal rights that women,blacks ,and hispanics have.A biased ,racist.discriminatory attitude does Not belong on any bench,let alone the highest court .

    May 26, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  145. Tony Rodriguez

    BUENOS DIAS!!!!!! THIS DAY IS ONE OF THE HAPPIEST FOR "OUR" PEOPLE. SEEN TODAY HOW THE PRESIDENT SPOKE ABOUT OUR OWN SONIA SOTOMAYOR, MAKES ME WONDER, HOW LONG FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, TO REALIZE THAT SOME OF OUR PEOPLE CAME TO THIS COUNTRY WITH THE SAME DREAM AS THE ONES THAT CAME IN THE MAYFLOWER?

    May 26, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  146. Burt Gold, Bradenton, FL

    President Obama's selection of Judge Sotomayor once again reflects his brilliant political strategies. I have no idea at this point who she is but their is no question that as the Republicans have alienated the Latin American community in great numbers, a choice to fight her nomination, will assure the future Republican removal from Latino maps forever. Felicidades!

    May 26, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  147. Doreen

    I say hooray for President Obama. His election and then his pick of Judge Sotomayor for the Supreme Court just points up the vacuum in which Americans have been living. With the above milestones it only points out the fact that America is a white male and female dominated country and their views support that. Therefore, whenever someone of another racial, ethnic origin is elevated to a controlling government position they are called activist or the fear comes out are they only going to support the concerns of their group. Such thinking is never, never asked of white people, thus the vacuum becomes more noticeable and points to what America’s ideology may actually be than what it purports to be.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  148. James Wahler

    I keep seeing comments about the 'new perspective' of the nominee to SCOTUS.

    Perspective might have a place in the lower courts, but it 'must not' have a place in the SCOTUS. Decisions should be made based purely on law. In other words, blind justice, as depicted in the statues/ drawing of Justice.

    May 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  149. German Navarro

    Genious is the first thought that came to my mind when I heard of Obama's pick for Supreme Court Justice. The U.S. is going through a sort of shift and Sotomayor is an example of this shift. This country is mainly made up middle class hard working people and Sotomayor is a great succes story and inspiration to many!!!

    May 26, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  150. Roger Boyer

    This appointment is just adding more fuel to Obama's Narcissist personally of trying to get what is politically favorable for him and necessarily good for America. We know that Solomayor is a Latino and a woman. But apprearantly she is not married and has no children, so my question is.........Is she Gay? That could also help Obama with another voting block and go against the vast majority of American's values. She is also known as trying to make policies and not interpret the Law. And of course Obama wants to "Fast Track" her nomination and not give the time to such an important decision that has been given in the past........Just remember his appearant slogan, "If it is good for Obama then it should be good for all Americans"

    Roger Boyer

    May 26, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  151. Mike Lauderdale

    Conservatives always complain about "judicial activism" and "judicial activists". I finally figured what they mean. To them, a "judicial; activist" is anyone who rules against them. It's just that simple.

    May 26, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  152. Nancy Nieves

    Desde PR con orgullo felicidades a la Sra. Sotomayor por su nombramiento hecho hoy por el Pres. Barack Obama. Un nombramiento hecho con todo el conocimiento de un gran presidente. Lamento los comentarios hechos por el Sr. Shapiro en CNN en Español. Que recuerde este caballero, que cualquier comentario negativo hecho hacia la Sra. Sotomayor lo hace hacia nuestro Presidente Obama, quien hace el nombramiento, me parece que està sangrando por la herida por no haber sido el el nominado del Presidente Obama.

    May 26, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  153. serge

    I am glad that the Supreme Court will have a diversity it did not have before. This is good. What I don't know is her stand on gun control, gay rights, the patriot act, mens rights for that matter , and a whole score of other issues. Who knows? She may have to deal with fallout from gitmo in the future. What does she think about that mess. I want us to know a little more about her before we get something we did not bargin for that, at her young age, will be influencing this nation for a long time.

    May 26, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  154. Roger Boyer

    Another "Your comment is awaiting Moderation" for over an hour now.......Not surprised because it did not meet the CNN views of Obama.

    Roger Boyer

    May 26, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  155. Donn

    Only time will tell...she does have a history of having decisions overturned by higher courts and by her own admission, seems to be an activist judge.

    CNN anchors just "oohing" and "aaahing" abit too much this morning (ESPECIALLY Alina Cho) about this choice. If I hear "there wasn't a dry eye in the room" again (referring to Sotomayor's speech this morning), I'm gonna have to watch Fox...

    May 26, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  156. Joyce M. Delaney

    05-26-2009

    Judge Sonia Sotomayor is an excellent choice for the Supreme Court nomination. She is an example of what hard work and the God given gift of a great intellect can accomplish. I will contact my congressman, Zack Wamp, who as a young child was my neighbor in Chattanooga, TN., and ask him to vote for her nomination. Bob Corker is also from Chattanooga and I suported him too. He will be hearing from me soon.

    Joyce M. Delaney
    Chattanooga, TN (East Ridge) 37412

    May 26, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  157. Carrie A

    Hi Roger - sorry it took some time to get your comment up. Your friendly Newsroom blog moderators all have day jobs (writer, producer, AP, etc), and generally can't get to the comments till after our various shifts are over. Thanks for contributing to the page! 🙂

    May 26, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  158. Andrea

    Hooray for the first T1 diabetic to be nominated to the Supreme Court. She brings with her an understanding of those challenged with such medical issues, which is a another area of diversity that she brings to the table.

    May 26, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  159. Charlie Erickson

    Hi Carrie A. CNN creates this website and wants their viewers to post their thoughts and opinions, so why can't they hire a couple of people to strictly deal with the comments on the blogs?

    Sorry, but your comment shows that CNN doesn't really care for viewers' opinions. This then, must all be fluff. Well blog readers and posters, the truth is out. By their own admission, CNN will get to us when they have the time. That is, if their employees will want to do it in their "off" time. The "day jobs" remark seem to be the mindset at CNN, showing the real value of our opinions to them; not even worthy of a few employees, dedicated to what we have to say.

    Maybe this is just a vehicle to obtain more advertising bucks.

    I think Heidi Collins is great, but she keeps saying she wants to hear from us. Does she ever really read these posts? She never responds or posts anything (that I am aware of).

    I don't appreciate wasting my time on lies and fluff, so I don't know about the rest of the posters, but I won't be posting again.

    Let's see if this gets posted or deleted. If it gets deleted, I'll just put Carrie's response and my post on some other news organization's blog. If it's not deleted and is allowed to be posted, let's see if CNN rectifies the situation.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:31 pm |
  160. Charlie Erickson

    One more thing folks: after insulting all of us with the "day jobs" comment, I think we all deserve an official apology from CNN.

    May 26, 2009 at 9:36 pm |
  161. Jerry

    It would be easy for someone like contributor Linda Stevens to assume that Whites are now in the minority in this country, considering that, thanks to the media, some of the most visible people in our country- athletes, entertainers, politicians- are minorities and seemingly dominate the airwaves. And their lives are being reported to us by more and more minority reporters- just look at the CNN line-up at the top of this page. All women and blacks. Affirmative action is sure working for some folks.
    But the fact is, the population of the United Sattes IS still predominantly White- close to 75%- and projections show that won't change for at least another 40 years.
    Obama's list of candidates certainly didn't reflect the reality of the racial makeup of the population. Are we to believe there wasn't a single White male somewhere that could measure up to Obama's lofty qualifications for the job? If Sotomayer's decision regarding the White firefighters is an indication of her fairness, perhaps she should decline her nomination, citing a true lack of diversity amongst Obama's candidates...

    Jerry
    Colfax, Ca

    May 26, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  162. Robert

    Rick you are so wrong!! Hispanic is derived from the ancient term for the peninsula that both Portugal and Spain are located named Hispania, which we now call the Iberian Peninsula. I will give you this much...there really is no conclusive answer... it is disputed by many qualified sources on both sides.....but don't give us your "we're wrong lecture" because you are so wrong about that.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  163. Purple Spider

    So this appointee of Sotomayor – is this all about Hispanics? What about other Americans – or do they count? Obama has an agenda –
    let's see how long it will take, before Amnesty will be awarded every Illegal in this country? Does this make you "warm and fufzzy" and to know that if Amnesty is "shot down", it could be forced through the court system and win? WAKE UP AMERICA!

    May 27, 2009 at 12:33 am |
  164. David

    I think she's a great choice for the Supreme Court, here are a few things I want to say.

    Obviously Judge Sototmayor brings awesome legal experience to the table and is profoundly moving when she wants to be, maybe the word is compelling, as speaker and as a person and this quality probably stems from her unimpeachable legal credentials notably 17 years on the federal bench, and work as a NYC prosecutor

    In her remarks, she noted that her experience helped her to "understand, respect, and respond to the concerns and arguments
    of all litigants who appear before [her]..." so she gave us a peek at what it's like to be a Federal Appeals Court judge and nominee to the Supreme Court. Just a brief comment but intensely revealing.

    That comment shows me that she does not have a constituency on
    her mind but is working for everyone. We are all informed and come to maturity through personal experience.

    I was completely taken with the delight and obvious passion for her work that Ms.Sotomayor brought to her public appearance today.

    May 27, 2009 at 2:14 am |
  165. Carrie A

    Hi Charlie,
    I do apologize if the "day jobs" thing offended anyone, as that certainly wasn't my intention. The reply to Roger was just to explain why we're sometimes slower than we'd like to be in getting comments posted; I was going for a light-hearted tone, but perhaps missed the mark! RE: hiring people to deal only with comments - hopefully that'll happen down the road. The Newsroom blog pages launched last month, and how much traffic/how many comments we'd be getting was still TBD. I hope you'll stick with us as we work to develop the site...

    May 27, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  166. glory

    Amen David. Finally someone who has truly listened to what Judge Sotomayor had to said in her comments to the American people. Judge Sotomayor is insightful, straight-forward and has the ability to proceed as a citizen of the world in a nuanced, approachable way that conveys to me her humanity, that's why she's the perfect choice. I've always known because of my religious beliefs that promotion comes from above..... and I don't mean from your supervisor. Vaya con Dios Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

    May 27, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  167. Roger Boyer

    Charlie....I have already given up on CNN postings. The will be my last. The opinions posted a so slanted and bias in favor of Obama because I feel CNN has been bias towards Obama since he was a candidate. I sent a comment many times and they would not get posted. I would check on them and there would be many that had been posted after mine........and mine would still be awaiting "Moderations" I will now try a news network that reports the news and not try to make the news.

    I deleted all my contacts at CNN. This will be my last posting on this site and I have relayed my story to all my contacts.

    Roger Boyer

    May 27, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  168. Charlie Erickson

    Hi Carrie. Okay, I'm in. CNN is (by leaps and bounds) my prime choice for news and related info. I cringe at the thought of trying to find another source.

    Slips of the tongue can often reveal an entity's real intentions, be it an individual or organization; so when you said what you said, in the manner that you did, it appeared that the American public was yet again being taken advantage of.

    As an organization which preaches fairness, and states as one of their goals as "keeping them honest"; I believe in it (CNN) being held to their own standards.

    However, my statement regarding the assigning of a dedicated blog moderator(s), is still something which CNN must do, if you want your posting viewers to take this (and other blogs on this site) seriously.

    It was nothing personal, Carrie A. You're probably a very lovely person and a dedicated journalist.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  169. William Duffy

    I'm excited that if approved by Congress, Sotomayor will introduce to the Supreme Court a real American, someone whose life story parallels that of the majority of the People or their ancestors. Plus she has an excellent track record of using common sense and practical reasoning to resolve "complicated" or sacred cow issues.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  170. Charlie Erickson

    Well, Roger Boyer, The opinions posted are those of the viewers/posters themselves. The way Carrie A. responded, seemed genuine, and with concern. She dealt with the situation with a positive tone, which has led me to believe in what she says.

    Well, I hope you find a new home, but it is in my opinion that you won't. CNN is simply the best.

    May 27, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  171. Bill

    I am sitting here is shock after hearing Susan Lisovicz say "This was a consumer led recession, this wasn't led by business. This is just like the voice of big business corporatists and the wealthy to put the burden on the rest of us. They skip off with hundreds of billions of dollars wrecking the economy and guess who gets the blame, the working people. Please beware of allowing voices like Lisovicz to taint the perspective. I fear a growing trend of voices like hers piling guilt and blame on us.

    If you'd like a perspective, we now have the Savings and Loan failures of the 80's and the present situation to prove we don't learn, we let these bankers and "financiers" steal via poor loans and business practice and then make tax payers, working people/"consumers," pay for it.

    May 27, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  172. David A Whitaker

    I think that President Obama, made a bold choice in choosing Judge Sonia Sotomayor. It will be a breathe of fresh air, at the supreme court. It about time for something bold and different.

    David

    Martinsburg, WV

    May 27, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  173. Grammy

    WAKE UP CNN,GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT,OB IS STEALING THE AMERICANS FREEDOM AND SOOOOOOOOOO ARE YOU BECAUSE YOU BACK HIM.

    May 27, 2009 at 7:11 pm |
  174. Charlie Erickson

    Big business has over and over and over, proven that they cannot regulate themselves. Self regulation (or any regulation for that matter) is costly, and does not contribute positively to the bottom line. They spend countless millions on lobbying to fight regulations. Why would any company, or group of companies spend huge bucks, if it wouldn't pay off in the short or long run, by helping the bottom line.

    It's all basics. There're so many trees in the way, with most of them having been put there deliberately, that it seems no one can see the forest anymore.

    May 28, 2009 at 4:33 am |
  175. David

    glory, thank you very much for your reply to my post. I think you addressed better than I did Ms. Sotomayor's qualities of thoughfulness, directness, and sophistication, as she exhibited them in her comments Tuesday morning.

    May 28, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  176. Al

    Your not listening to the other judges comments, they have said the same things that she has. Again I ask you floks to do your homework before you speek. I know this statement dosen't add any entertainment value to your show, and you won't say anything about it.

    June 2, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  177. Wayne

    I read Sotomayor's speech.

    We can only hope and pray that she parks her prejudice at the doors of the Supreme Court if she becomes a Justice.

    I am not impressed with an ignorant in-bred hillbilly, nor with an equally ignorant and prejudiced Yale grad.

    Prejudice has no place in a Modern America. If she does not leave her prejudice at the doors, then we will take a step back towards a prejudiced America where only the good old boys have representation. That would be a sad day for America.

    I thought she could leaver her prejudice behind her from the sound bites I had heard. But, when I read her answer, I was stunned by her elite attitude.

    God bless America.

    June 4, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  178. Rev. Lou

    President Obama's pick for the Supreme Court must be a good one because the Republicans are fighting her nomination

    June 16, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  179. Paul Borges

    Benjamin Cardozo was a Portuguese Jew(very rare by the way). Cardozo is a Portuguese name. How he is even being considered Hispanic, is beyond me. Portugal and Spain are two totally different countries in every aspect(language, culture,cuisine, etc...). The only thing these two countries have in common, are that of being neighbors. France also neighbors Spain and i doubt people are confusing the French of being Hispanics. Such ignorance! I am Portuguese/American, and would be furious if someone confused me with being Hispanic.

    September 14, 2009 at 3:08 pm |