President Obama on Tuesday nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor to join the Supreme Court to fill the seat being vacated by Justice David Souter. Sotomayor would become the first Latino and only the third woman to sit on the high court. The nomination is certain to set off Republican grumbles in the Senate, with some considering her too much of a “judicial activist” for the job.
In my nearly two decades of covering New York’s irrepressible Alfonse M. D’Amato, agreement between us was, to put it politely, rare. Yet there was one extraordinary moment when good governance and good politics collided to bring me into alliance with the former senator.