Sonia Sotomayor certainly won't be bothered with stare decisis, let alone with that outdated white document, the U. S. Constitution. Says the divorced Sotamayor, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”
“Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, [jurists'] gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.”
She has also approved of (and quoted for effect) law professors who said that “to judge is an exercise of power” and that “there is no objective stance but only a series of perspectives.”
And, as you can see and hear for yourself in the video clip below, "The Court of Appeals is where policy is made." (Hat tip to Verum Serum.)
For those of us who believe a judge's job is to simply interpret the Constitution and that he or she shouldn't be legislating from the bench, it looks like we're in for a rough time with this one.
And one more item. Here is a portrait of Sotamayor that comes from the decidedly liberal Jeffrey Rosen in the (again) decidedly liberal New Republic -- and yet which isn't very flattering to Obama's selection. Check it out.