Jim Geraghty in National Review knifes through the smokescreen created by Sonia Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” brouhaha to ask one truly, crystal clear question: Who is this woman?

“If you knew absolutely nothing about Sonia Sotomayor before Tuesday’s confirmation hearing and judged her entirely on her answers, you could easily come to the conclusion that she had been nominated by Pres. George W. Bush and was likely to sail through confirmation with the strong support of conservatives in the legal community,” he writes.

“Of course, she was nominated by President Obama,” Geraghty continues, “and conservative legal eagles are doing their best to lay out the case against her confirmation. But in her first day of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sotomayor sounded nothing like the judge who caused controversy via her remarks about the superior legal judgment of a ‘wise Latina,’ her comments about judges’ role in setting policy, and her rulings about the Second Amendment … “

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