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One Sotomayor Critic Urges Her Confirmation

May 27, 2009

Jeffrey Rosen, the author of a controversial piece in The New Republic about Judge Sonia Sotomayor that drew significant criticism for his unflattering and arguably sexist descriptions of her personality and intellect, has a new piece on the website, calling for her confirmation:

Conservatives are already citing my initial piece on Sotomayor as a basis for opposing her. This willfully misreads both my piece and the follow-up response. My concern was that she might not make the most effective liberal voice on the Court–not that she didn’t have the potential to be a fine justice. Questions of temperament are often overlooked, but history suggests that they are the most relevant in predicting judicial success. (Justice Scalia may be a brilliant bomb-thrower, but has failed in his attempts to build coalitions and bipartisan majorities.) Now is the time to think more broadly about the role Justice Sotomayor is likely to play on the Supreme Court, and I look forward to doing that in the weeks ahead.

His original piece, and my description of the reaction to it, are here.

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