Another issue that seems likely to be brought up is a statement she made in a speech back in 2001 about how the experiences of judges should play in their work.
"I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life," Sotomayor said.
Critics seized on this even before Sotomayor was nominated, charging that if a white man made the above statement about Hispanics, that person would be drummed out immediately and ripped as racist.
For a second straight day, that was a subject at the White House briefing, as reporters pestered spokesman Robert Gibbs over and over on the quote.
Look for that statement to get a full review in confirmation hearings - and even in one-on-one meetings with Senators.
Those two items have already sparked a lot of comments on the internet, so you can read an awful lot more about them with a couple clicks of the mouse.
Along with the upcoming decision on the New Haven, Connecticut firefighter promotion case that went before Sotomayor, I would expect - right now at least - that those three items will form the basis for criticism of her nomination.
Nothing is a given in these nomination fights. We'll see whether any of these statements, along with the firefighter case - and other opinions out there - cause any Democrats to get wobbly in the knees.
And nothing will matter if Sotomayor mishandles questions in her confirmation hearings.
That is unlikely. But you never know. Robert Bork didn't listen to his handlers.
They play these games for a reason.
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