Washington D.C. — The first Latino and third woman Supreme Court justice, Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed in a 68-31 vote earlier today. Nine Republicans crossed the aisle, mostly senators who will be retiring after this term, and all Democrats voted to confirm.
President Obama praised the vote to approve Judge Sonia Soromayor as the 11th Supreme Court judge today saying that he was “deeply gratified”.Â He reminded reporters that the Sotomayor’s uniquely American story was made possible by the fulfillment of the ideals of justice, equality, and opportunity.
Predictably, Republican senators tried to label her too liberal based on statements made during various speeches. The “wise Latina” rhetoric may prove to have far reaching consequences with Latino voters and women in the next election. Many Latino/Hispanic leaders found Republican toneÂ during senate hearings to be condescending andÂ bordering on racist in some instances.Â Â
Chief Justice John G. Roberts is expected to swear in Sotomayor in the next few days, however a formal ceremony will probably occur sometime in September. Sotomayor replaces Justice david H. Souter who retired in June.