President Obama has picked Sonia Sotomayor to join the U.S. Supreme Court, delivering on expectations that he'd name a woman and the court’s first Hispanic justice. It should please Republicans that she was first made a judge by President George H.W. Bush and that she once said: "I don't believe we should bend the Constitution under any circumstance. It says what it says. We should do honor to it." But it's awkward that one of her decisions as an appellate judge may soon be overturned by the Supreme Court: the one siding with the city of New Haven, Conn., against white firefighters who believe they were discriminated against on a promotion exam. Given the sharp partisanship in Washington, D.C., it's hard to believe the GOP won't mount an ideological fight over Sotomayor's confirmation.
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