I was wondering when someone would post about this. I think she's a great choice -- she's clearly smart, capable, has loads of prior experience (as in more than any other justice for the past 100 years).
Despite what some say about her "temperament," those who work with her, and some of the lawyers who have been in front of her say that they have no problem with her -- and that she actually can be quite the consensus builder.
What I find most interesting about the process so far, however is how the right is imploding over it -- the totally over-the-top, outrageous comments that have been made.
While the "reverse racist" meme makes no sense -- they have called her out for a taken-out-of-context comment where she stated that her background and experience makes her more capable of being able to understand the perspective of a larger range of people than a white man -- as well as aware of her biases (which we all have -- unless you think white men have no race or gender), and because she upheld the civil rights law that says that you cannot use a test that unfairly screens out qualified under-represented groups.
Even more absurd is how many of these claims can be countered by the comments/actions of current justices: Scalia is known to have a really nasty temper, Alito has spoken to how his immigrant background has sensitized him, Scalia has made similar comments about how policy is a product of the rulings of the higher courts.
But it is the ugly vitriol of some on right that is going to only marginalize the GOP further. Calling her "Latina chick Lady," comparing her to David Duke, saying "lots of dumb people go to Ivy League schools
(I'm looking at you dubya), hoping she isn't overly influenced by her "menstruation" only drives away more women, hispanics, or anyone with any sense of decency, and exposes these "voices of the right" for the vicious bigots and haters that they are.