The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor as an associate Supreme Court justice today, in a 68-31 vote. The NY Times reports, "Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation was never in much doubt, given Democrats’ numerical advantage in the Senate. But the final vote — 68 to 31 — represented a partisan divide. No Democrat voted against her, while all but 9 of the chamber’s 40 Republicans did so. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, is ailing and did not vote." She will be the third female justice on the Supreme Court and (some say) the Court's first Hispanic justic.

The Bronx native weathered criticism over her "wise Latina" remarks (though a Republican-nominated justice admitted to keeping in mind his Italian-American forebears' brushes with inequality). Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, who voted against her, said, "Judge Sotomayor’s speech and article presents something of a perfect judicial storm where her views of judging meet her views of the law. Combine partiality and subjectivity with uncertainty and instability in the law and the result is an activist judicial philosophy that I cannot support... I wish President Obama had chosen a Hispanic nominee whom all senators could support."

However, Juan Hernández who did Hispanic outreach for John McCain's presidential campaign told the Times he was skeptical of the Republican's lack of support, "It’s not good enough to give two or three lines about Hispanics and then say, ‘No, I’m not going to vote for Sotomayor.' We’re just losing Hispanics left and right. It’s amazing, in the Republican Party — we’re doing it to ourselves."