I love reading and writing about the politics of the Supreme Court and the nomination/confirmation process. I hope to have the time to write on it with some frequency in the coming months. I will try to do so without losing sight of the fact that this is a blog about Chris Dodd.
With that in mind, here is what Chris Dodd had to say about President Obama's nomination this morning of Second Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court, from WTNH:
President Obama has promised to bring change to Washington and he continues to do that with his choice for Supreme Court Justice. Sonia Sotomayor is a highly qualified and historic nominee. She would bring extensive legal experience and a unique perspective to the Supreme Court. I look forward to the Senate's consideration of her nomination over the next few weeks."
Fresh off his "shout out" from new best friend Barack Obama, it is no surprise that Dodd immediately fell in line on the SCOTUS pick, and he likely would have done so regardless of who the President selected. In the two sentences of his statement about Judge Sotomayor, he calls her "historic" and mentions her "unique perspective." While these descriptions may be true, they are (or ought to be) far from important when discussing the merits of a nominee to the highest Court in the land.
Unfortunately, to the people now running our country (including Chris Dodd) concerns about the race, gender and life experiences now trump fidelity to our Constitution and the rule of law. Much more on this to come...
Cross-posted at The Artful Doddger.