I have said it before, and I'll say it again, if Latinos want access to high ranking positions/appointments, the path to get there is paved with acheivements and accomplishments. 17 years as a Federal District Court judge, Ivy League educated, former editor of law review...etc., etc. Her qualifications were undeniable.
Then there's that other thing. Sotomayor is a female. I submit that her gender is not her fault/blessing. She would have been equally qualified were she a male.
I am proud to be a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association, and even prouder of the tremendous work the association's leadership did to ensure the confirmation of our newest United States Supreme Court Justice.