Breaking: SCOTUS Pick

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Live coverage of President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court -- federal appeals judge (and Bronx native) Sonia Sotomayor. Then, analysis with Jami Floyd, host of Best Defense on Tru TV; Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate and founding editor of Double X; Jenny Rivera, professor of law at the City University School of Law; and WNYC reporter Elaine Rivera.


Emily Bazelon, Jami Floyd, Elaine Rivera and Jenny Rivera

Comments [35]

DAT from Nathan Straus Projects

I cannot understand why President Barack
Hussein Obama does not produce his
original birth certificate?
Because it has become an issue that won't
die, he should hold a news conference and
produce it.

The President has turned over senstive
documents from previous administration,
without batting an eyelash.

Why won't he produce his birth certificate,
since it has become an issue, either
on the front burner or percolating in
the background?

May. 27 2009 03:05 PM

Old Russian saying...You can tell same lie 1000 time(Ms. Pelosi) but not change truth!

Difference between USSR Communist media and USA "mainstream media"

In Russia government make media say what they want - even if lie.
In USA "mainstream media" try make government what they want - even if lie..
.....eventually they become same thing?!

I Igor produce Obama Birth Certificate at >

May. 26 2009 06:45 PM
Oscar from Bronx

Their Their, Nathan calm down now, You had your time and it's about up now!

Your kind will be looked back a pawn with a since of curiosity, like a dinosaur.

May. 26 2009 03:40 PM
DAT from Nathan Straus Projects

"Well, Sonia, what you’ve shown in your life is that it doesn’t matter where you come from, what you look like, or what challenges life throws your way — no dream is beyond reach in the United States of America,"
President Barack Hussein Obama.

Of all the obstacles Judge Sotomayor
had to overcome "what you look like"
wasn't one of them, as far as I can see.

May. 26 2009 02:46 PM
DAT from Nathan Straus Projects

Shades of Alberto Gonzalez.

When Alberto was first nominated,
Attorney General of the U.S.
the Bush administration pointed out
his poverty stricken, tough background.
Look what a dud he turned out to be.

It's wonderful when any person, pulls themselves up by the boot straps and overcomes
disadvantages, obstacles and reaches the
pinnacle of success in their chosen careers.

But it's not enough to be poor and have
overcome, you have to be smart, able,
demonstrate that you have the temperment,
intellectual ability to handle such an important position.

Judge Sotomayor's face looks very puffy,
almost swollen.

May. 26 2009 02:32 PM
Wanda from Sunset Park

I love how Brian pretends to be happy with Obama's choice, what "Hypocrite".

May. 26 2009 12:13 PM
Kevin from Queens

I agree Luis #21,

Brian and Ross from The New Republic should get together, they make an item couple!

Brians anti Puerto Rican views are well known in our community!

May. 26 2009 12:06 PM
Terry from Inwood

Brian around 11:45 am today and the WNYC news report said that President Obama said that Sotomayor has more experience than any sitting Supreme Court justice. What Obama said was
"more experience on the bench" than any sitting SC justice.

May. 26 2009 11:52 AM
Kevin from Queens

What has been termed reverse discrimination, is a misnomer, their is no such experince, what is often percieved as such is nothing more than corecting the acepted social engineering policies of the recent past.

May. 26 2009 11:52 AM
Joey from Lower East Side

A freind for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she must have has been so lonely all this time, as the only women.

May. 26 2009 11:44 AM
Sandra from Brooklyn

And most people from Latin American decent prefer the term Latino, Thank you...

Hispanic is a term created by the Nixon Administration in order to catergorise this ever growing spanish speaking populace.

And it has overtones of Spanish culture, although we speak spanish, we are not Spanish!!

We have our own Identity distinct from that of Europe.

May. 26 2009 11:28 AM
Sandra from Brooklyn

Sorry Tom #23

He was a European, from Portugal, nothing to do with Latin America, if you knew a little about Latino culture and history you would know that!!

Spain and Portuagal are not concidered or part of Latin America, and that is mutualy agreed apon both in the Americas and Europe.

May. 26 2009 11:20 AM
Tom Jones from Nyack NY

I' happy about this appointment, but I don't agree she would be the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. That distinction should belong to another New Yorker, Benjamin N. Cardozo, who was from a family of Spanish/Portuguese Jews who came to New York to escape discrimination 'way back in the 17th century.

May. 26 2009 11:16 AM
Sandra from Brooklyn

Brian does not seem to happy with Obama's decision maybe it because he was against Obama from the get go!

May. 26 2009 11:13 AM
Luis from Brooklyn

How you like them apples Brian, LOL

Nice try in your subtle but pointless, rampage on Identitiy Politics!!

We know what your were trying to get at.

It's only Identity politics when we are talking of people of color. But white people are asumed qualified and merited!

May. 26 2009 11:12 AM
Voter from Brooklyn


I believe temperament was an issue with both Alito and Roberts, but they were pushed through anyway. The bias of white males is well known; when nominees is suspected of being chosen to counterbalance that bias with bias of their own, criticism is heavy. All nominees should be looked at through the same lens so the law and not personal bias is the root of their rulings. Hopefully this is all a non issue and Associate Justice Sotomayor will be seated in September. (I am a black man, BTW)

May. 26 2009 11:11 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

From what I know of her (all learned in the last two hours) Ms. Sotomayor seems to be an excellent choice; however, let’s not use her background as a reason to brush any criticism of her under the rug calling it racism, sexism, bigotry, and what not. Your guests have already begun doing that. Should the nominee truly and demonstratively have temperament issues, they should be explored and not just boohooed as old stereotypes. Judging her solely by the content of her character includes character flaws she may (or may not) have.

May. 26 2009 11:06 AM
Laura from Brooklyn

the hipocricy of comments questioning wether her race or the fact that she is a woman affect her decisions as a judge makes me cringe. Why do we question this when a woman,a hispanic, asian, etc etc or a black man is apponited to a position and not when a white male is?

May. 26 2009 11:06 AM
JohnG from Manhattan

This is a great day for Puerto Ricans, NuYorkRicans, Bronxites, New Yorkers and Americans!

May. 26 2009 10:59 AM
Leo from Queens

Kamal #12 - She should not be appointed just because she is Puerto Rican. - I believe she is qualified and is a competent person who should be appointed. The fact that she is a woman and is Puerto Rican is a plus. We should not be pushing to appoint Hispanics, or any other person based on ethnic, gender or racial background to positions of power. Just look at Speedy Gonzalez - He is probably the worst Attorney General we have had in the history of this country. He is an embarrasment to Hispanics. Especially when there were dozens of perfectly qualified Hispanics. Bush chose to appoint his personal lawyer to that post.

May. 26 2009 10:59 AM
bernard joseph from brooklyn

kamal, are you serious? the whole point is- who cares that she's puerto rican? is she a qualified jurinst or not, i don't care what her race is

May. 26 2009 10:59 AM
Bo from Brooklyn - Prospect Heights

It's no coincidence that the single negative comment about Sotomayor came from a male attorney who was offended when a female judge commented on how badly his brief was written.

May. 26 2009 10:58 AM
Darius from Prospect Heights

The New Republic is an establishment magazine and Rosen's article cites "anonymous" sources. Whatever.

May. 26 2009 10:53 AM
kamal from Bronx

Whether she is able or not, she is a Puerto Rican woman & therefore she must be put in the Supreme Court.

May. 26 2009 10:52 AM
Nick Lento

If Republicans attack Sotomayor with a vengence it will be one more nail in their political coffin.

Obama hit a grand slam with this extremely qualified and likeable candidate.

On the MSNBC live internet feed, the camera went to the image of Al Sharpton in the room after the speeches concluded. If the Republicans choose to play racial and sexist politics here they are dooming their party to being a party for only sexist racist white males for another election cycle...or possible another generation.

Sotomayer deserves unanimous support as she is eminently qualified for this job.

Sadly, it seems likely that we are about to see a concerted effort to destroy her in an ad hominem manner masked as "policy concerns".

May. 26 2009 10:49 AM
Marty Wolfe from Brooklyn

Heard President Obama's introduction and the judge's speech following it, on the BL Show. She sounds like she has a wonderful resume. I am pretty sure that the Republicans in the Senate will have things they want to discuss with her, and I hope they will treat her honestly and without bias.
She just has one problem - I'll never remember how to spell her name.

May. 26 2009 10:47 AM
Tonky from brooklyn


I find the the term "reverse discrimination" offensive.
Discrimination is discrimination.

May. 26 2009 10:46 AM

Obama's introduction was great, but seemed to miss the fact that her parents didn't 'come' to America - they were born in Puerto Rico.

May. 26 2009 10:35 AM
seth from Long Island

WNYC listeners must push the DINOs in the Dem Caucus like Ben Nelson and Evan Bayh to vote in favor of Sotomayor

May. 26 2009 10:34 AM
bernard joseph from brooklyn

as a new yorker and someone who leans left politically, i am concerned with some of her decisions. hopefully brian and the media at large will get into some of those rulings. the fact that she is an hispanic woman from the projects is great but we all need the details of her decisions.
her ruling upholding the decision in the new haven firefighters case is worrisome to me, for example....

May. 26 2009 10:23 AM
hjs from 11211

BHO names another NYer. he must really like us

May. 26 2009 10:05 AM
Julio from NYC

It is wonderful choice, a great day!

And no thanks to Brian who stood by and said nothing while she was being smeared in the media, Your silence spoke volumes,

What kind of Public Radio Station is this?

Anti-Latino especially anti Puerto Rican!!

May. 26 2009 09:56 AM
seth from Long Island

Obama needs to drop his Mr Rogers persona right now in order to insure that Sotomayor is confirmed QUICKLY and avoids any filibuster nonsense from Republicans.

Obama has to stop playing patty cake with Republicans. He must demand a speedy vote on Sotomayor and also demand votes on Dawn Johnsen and Harold Koh,

Obama must channel George C. Scott from Patton, Lee Ermey from Full Metal Jacket, and Alec Baldwin from Glengarry Glen Ros. Obama needs to get in Republicans' faces and jump down their throats.

May. 26 2009 09:56 AM
George from Bay Ridge

How does picking Sotomayor reflect Obama's own judicial views?

May. 26 2009 09:55 AM
Robert from NYC

Not just a NYer but a Bronxite! Do you think my recommendation to the Whitehouse to select her last week is what got her the post? Do ya think?

May. 26 2009 09:36 AM

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