This confirmation is easy; the next one may not be:

07/16/2009 | NYTimes.com

Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court confirmation hearings will probably proceed rather smoothly, but the Obama administration is likely to face a historic fight when it comes time to fill the court's next vacancy, according to this New York Times analysis. Sotomayor is set to replace a generally liberal justice, but a second appointee would have the potential to move the balance of the court more to the left, promising a strong reaction from the GOP.

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