Sonia Sotomayor resonates a strength, a kind of grandeur that emanates with a warmth difficult to define. Perhaps it's her radiant smile, or maybe her way of speaking, slow and paced, that makes it feel as if she's clarifying something for her favorite nephew.
Of course, the National Review has every right under the First Amendment to say all of these things, and I would defend to the death, in Voltaire's words, its right to say them. But that does not make them any less offensive -- or ignorant of the law.
Wednesday night, people all over the United States celebrated the historic Supreme Court decisions to give federal protections to all legally married couples and to return marriage equality to California.
The Fourth Amendment is supposed to protect us from searches of our persons, residences, and property based on no more than the hunches, suspicions, or biases of a police officer. But drug dogs have become little more than a way of converting those hunches into probable cause.
Justice Sotomayor is known for being down-to-earth and approachable. Even so, it's not so often that people just walk up to her on the street and ask her to resolve their disputes. Unless she's on Sesame Street, that is.