And in 1991 Clarence Thomas was put forth by a Republican president as a minority Supreme Court judge to garner black support by conservatives (never mind that Thomas sold his soul to the right-wing).
And Ginsberg and O'Connor were nominated, one by a Repubican and one by a Democrat President, to have women on the Supreme Court who supposedly understood women's issues (and to hopefully gain female support for the respective party).
And so it has gone from the 20th century to today, as nominees were put forth for the Court who understood especially certain issues related to gender, race, etc. ... with lots of political hopes thrown in.
But wait! In 2009 we can't do any of this for a Latina nominee! Heaven's sake, Sonia Sottomayor expressed words about insights a minority woman with an underprivileged background might have. "Decent" right-wingers are "protecting" the average American from insight. We are told we need neutral judges on the Court . . . Like Scalia? Like Thomas? Huh?
C'mon, let's get real. Sottomayor brings to the high bench better credentials than any of the current Supreme Court justices had when they were nominated.
Republicans: get over your continued narrowness and overwhelming political posturing!
Right-wingers: haven't you already done enough to capsize the ship of state with your greed?
"The real fight today is against inhuman, relentless exercise of capitalistic power. . .The present struggle in which we are engaged is for social and industrial justice." -Justice Louis D. Brandeis
"We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." -Justice Louis D. Brandeis
"Many people consider the things which government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things government does for others as socialism." -Chief Justice Earl Warren
"Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerant, and brutal." -Dr. Benjamin Spock