I personally believe Obama picked Sotomayor fully aware of her controversial past in order to have the Republicans come out in force against her, in order to turn the already Democratic Latinos further left! Look GWB won 41% of the Latino vote as a unpopular President. McCain won 32-36% for a very very unpopular party. Blacks and Jews tend to vote 90% plus for the Democrats! If Obama can get the Latinos to fall in line with Blacks and Jewish (Jewish Voters are key in NY, NJ and FL) voters then the Presidency will be a Reagan type landslide and in 2010 and 2012 the Democrats will have no problem picking up the supermajority in Congress or in the States in order to have the second constitutional convention! Smart political move for his party, horrible move for the country and for his patriotism!