Despite some desperate last-minute calls, the Senate cleared Sonia Sotomayor’s last obstacle, approving her for the Supreme Court 68-31. Nine Republicans joined all the Democrats in voting for her (the conservative American Spectator lists them, presumably with dishonor). “I wish President Obama had chosen a Hispanic nominee whom all senators could support,” said Orrin Hatch. (Like who? George Lopez?) She’ll be the 111th Supreme Court Justice, the third female and the first Hispanic.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 6, 2009