Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed today, the 111th person to sit on the United States Supreme Court.

When President Obama first nominated her, I wrote here that I was concerned that her record did not really reflect the depth and brilliance that I wanted to see in the next justice. I wondered if she was burdened with agenda. Granted, as a rather liberal type myself, it would likely be my agenda furthered, but again, at this level I like to see some evidence of the confidence of an open mind and a deep understanding of the intricacies of the law, someone who is beholden to no one or to no one way of looking at issues.

I also believe in rainbows, the lottery, and that hot dogs aren't made from cancerous pigs. Silly me.

There probably isn't any one perfect person to sit on the court, of course -- I know I ask too much. I wish I had seen more of her confirmation hearings on TV, but as noted I was chillin' at the hospital and thinking about other closer-to-home realities at that time. But from what I saw, she handled herself well enough. She listened very closely, and missed nothing of the details of those who spoke about her, or questioned her. I like that. I like to see that is in her, the sharpness and motivation and ability to think on her feet. I like to think she might hear her cases in the same way, and that inconsistencies, fallacies, or shoddy logic will have the spotlight of HEY BUDDY WHAT WAS THAT CRAP THEN shone upon them. What more could you ask for?

Watch out, Scalia! La latina esta aqui!