No surprise here. President Obama stuck to his promise to choose a justice based less on legal prowess, and more on empathy. She's no legal hack, but she also will appeal voters interested in gender and racial issues. As a woman and a Latina, she is one-stop shopping for the diversification crowd.
The media appeal is fantastic. Few people know anything about her, and the usual choosing of a justice based on abortion views is still at play. Obama, naturally, was unwilling to choose a prolife justice, and likewise, was only willing to choose a prochoice one. Here, he gets everything he wants.
Will she be confirmed?
Sonia Sotomayor is Obama's Supreme Court nominee