If confirmed for the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor would be the sixth Catholic to sit on a bench that, before the current crop of justices, had featured only six Catholics in its entire history.I have been talking about this for years now. Only about 25% of Americans identify themselves as Catholic; but 5 Justices out of 9 is a 55% Catholic Supreme Court, and 6 out of 9 will be a 67% Catholic Supreme Court. (Moreover, 2 out of 9 Jewish Justices is 22% of the Supreme Court, whereas Americans are only 1.3% or so Jewish.)
I think Obama wanted to please his wife, put a second female back on the Court, reach out to the Hispanic vote, and reinvigorate the declining doctrine of unequal protection of the laws (otherwise euphemized as "affirmative action" that Michelle Obama has seemed to be so hot on in the past).
My only consolation so far is seeing the "born-again" Roe plaintiff getting kicked out of the confirmation hearing for protesting what must be Sotomayor's rulings upholding legal abortion.