In selecting Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the Souter replacement, Obama opts for identity politics over intellectualism. Cato Institute scholar Roger Pilon brands her a radical almost solely based on the reverse-discrimination New Haven case. Can't say I'm surprised.
My general rule is the POTUS gets to select his people for the highest court; he did win the election, fair and square. Generally Sotomayer is fairly competent which is good enough for a seat on the SOTUS. I just wish liberals would share my outlook rather than engage in scorched earth politics (see the bloody Bork and Thomas nominations.)
Professor Richard Epstein opines on Sotomayor here. He writes the Senate "should subject this dubious nomination to the intense scrutiny that it deserves."