The New Nominee

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President Obama promised a Supreme Court nominee with empathy and heart, as well as a certain degree of populist instinct. In announcing Sonia Sotomayor this morning, Obama referenced her inspiration from Nancy Drew (soon replaced by Perry Mason). In addition to her 1995 ruling that favored baseball players in their strike against management, Sotomayor showed an affinity for the creators of “Seinfeld” and isn’t above screening entire movies in her courtroom.

But on a more serious note, the timing of the pick is interesting, coming just hours before the Prop 8 decision and on the heels of Obama’s trip out west for two star studded fund raisers. Eric Zimmerman writes on the Hill Briefing Room blog, “Regardless of the outcome, does the White House worry that the Sotomayor roll out will be coupled with a bunch of stories on the judiciary’s role in the gay marriage debate?”

“Daisy” Redux: Dan Neil of the Los Angeles Times reviews the RNC’s 2009 version of the 1964 “Daisy” ad — and finds the modern scare tactic a pale comparison to the original.

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