Yglesias Award Nominee

"But Judge Sotomayor will almost certainly prove to be sharp and charming, intelligent and witty  -- because that's what federal appeals court judges are trained to be, and she has been on the bench a very long time.  Cryptic references to her temperament by retired clerks eager to be "in the mix" are the worst sort of gossip-dressed-up-as-journalism, and simply lower expectations which she will easily meet and exceed.  The judge is obviously a bright and accomplished professional with an enormously appealing personal story which resembles that of Justices Thomas and Alito.  This is a great country that allows anyone who works hard to rise, and some to rise spectacularly as has Judge Sotomayor," - Hugh Hewitt.