The Day In Politics, 5/26

By Staff

Today, we learned that President Obama has nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court--who was his favorite all along; conservatives hit Sotomayor for saying appeals courts are "where policy is made"; the White House has issued talking points to sell her; Arlen Specter likes the pick; Judicial Confirmation Network does not; neither does Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC); Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and RNC Chairman Michael Steele pledged a fair confirmation process; so did Senate Judiciary Ranking Member Jeff Sessions; Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) congratulated Sotomayor but promised scrutiny; the Chamber of Commerce will decide whether to endorse her; California's Supreme Court upheld the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is okay with Guantanamo detainees in U.S. prisons; and October 2009 will be a time to reflect on Obama campaign artwork.

We also meditated on how the White House will sell Sotomayor; Obama's national security staff consolidation; and what to do with Guantanamo detainees (eat them?).

Tomorrow: President Obama makes a speech on the economy and the stimulus in Las Vegas; later, he will attend a DNC fundraiser in Los Angeles; Timothy Geithner makes an announcement about new market tax credits in the stimulus.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2009/05/the-day-in-politics-5-26/18308/