Reporting from Washington -- Sonia Sotomayor completed an unlikely and historic journey today, one that began with her birth in a Bronx, New York, housing project 55years ago and culminated in her confirmation as the Supreme Court's 111th justice.
When she is sworn into office, Sotomayor will take her place as the high court's first Latino and just its third woman. She was approved by a 68-31 Senate vote after three days of debate. Nine Republicans crossed party lines to support her.
Sotomayor was nominated in May by President Obama to replace retiring Justice David H. Souter. A judge on the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals for the last 11 years, Sotomayor worked her way through two Ivy League schools and was a Manhattan prosecutor and corporate lawyer before joining the federal bench.
This was also a major victory for President Obama. He said he wanted his nominee confirmed before the new court was seated and he got it done. I wonder how many in the mainstream media will point this out.
Oh and there will be 31 Republican Senators who will have to explain their no vote to their constituents sooner or later. And I don't think its gonna be pretty.