Political Science Professor Tom Schaller
The historic nomination and now confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor changes forever the Supreme Court–and may ramify to American electoral politics.
For President Obama, who initially struggled to attract Latino votes and women voters in the Democratic primary, the appointment is reward to these
Democratic-leaning constituencies for their support in the general election. And now the Republicans, who made significant gains under George
W. Bush with Latino voters, are on the defensive politically with this key demographic swing group.