How the Pick Happened

by Jonathan H. Adler

ABC’s Jan Crawford Greenburg has an interesting behind-the-scenes post on how President Obama settled on Sonia Sotomayor as his first Supreme Court pick.  This bit is particularly interesting:

With the president hoping to achieve a crowning accomplishment in his first year with health care reform, advisers pointedly warned against another big fight elsewhere, sources said.

As the first Hispanic nominee, with a compelling life story and rich judicial experience, Sotomayor would be hardest for Republicans to oppose, they argued, and therefore easiest for Obama to get confirmed. . . .

Obama’s advisers also were aware of a political reality on the Left, sources said. Sotomayor has the added bonus of placating his base, which has grown increasingly angry over some of Obama’s recent positions on terrorism.