The Sotomayor Story

The argument is going to be out there that this isn’t irrelevant, but I think to a normal person something that immediately leaps out about Sonia Sotomayor is that for someone who has all the usual qualifications to be a Supreme Court Justice, she also has an unusual life story. She’s been on the Appeals Court and before that the District Court, and she went to Yale Law School. But she also grew up in a housing project in the Bronx, after her parents moved to New York from Puerto Rico.

It’s the kind of story that makes you feel good about America and that still resonates as quintessentially American even though social mobility in the United States isn’t quite what we like to think.