Or at least, Obama was told by one of the most famous liberal lawyers that Sonia Sotamajor was not as smart as she thinks she is, and is something of a bully.
But to Obama, that would be a ringing endorsement.
Obama doesn’t care for the petty traditions American institutions, except as he can use them for his own purposes.
So by nominating a leftist ideologue whose primary talent is throwing he weight around, Obama has his enforcer in place.
HT Erick Erickson. See more at NRO.
Bluntly put, she’s not nearly as smart as she seems to think she is, and her reputation for being something of a bully could well make her liberal impulses backfire and simply add to the fire power of the Roberts/Alito/Scalia/Thomas wing of the Court on issues like those involved in the voting rights case argued last week and the Title VII case of the New Haven firefighters argued earlier, issues on which Kennedy will probably vote with Roberts despite Souter’s influence but on which I don’t regard Kennedy as a lost cause for the decade or so that he is likely to remain on the Court.
I’ve obtained a copy of an interesting letter that Harvard law professor Larry Tribe wrote to his protégé, President Barack Obama, in the immediate aftermath of Justice Souter’s announcement of his decision to retire from the Court. I will post a PDF of the letter shortly. [Update: Here’s the letter.] In the meantime, I’ll call attention, in this post and two or three others, to some of its highlights.