upreme Court nomination battles tend to focus on the more emotional, hot-button constitutional issues of the day.
But the most sweeping — and frightening — implications of a Sotomayor tenure on the Supreme Court may be in the realm of business.
It should arouse suspicion that Sotomayor had socialist — and predictably anti-business — leanings at Princeton, a situation the White House decided to face head-on by releasing a photo of the nominee from her 1976 Princeton yearbook.
The photo sits beside this quote from socialist Norman Thomas: “I am not a champion of lost causes, but of causes not yet won.” In a thesis for Princeton, Sotomayor identified Luis Mun, the governor of Puerto Rico and a one-time socialist, as a hero.
Ramona Romero, the University’s general counsel, introduced the justices by highlighting their similarities: Both women hail from New York, love baseball, and wrote exceptionally long senior theses for the Department of History.
Heather Gerken ’91, the first female dean of Yale Law School, moderated the talk.
Business cases make up a large and growing portion of the Roberts Court’s docket.
They represent a third of the total cases and a majority of the civil cases the Court hears.
In short, business is big business for the Supreme Court, a fact that makes Sonia Sototmayor’s anti-business track record extremely troubling.
#ad#That track record begins with Sotomayor’s undergraduate years.