Sonia Sotomayor's new memoir "My Beloved World " is just out, and she's making the rounds on television to promote it. However, Court watchers were stunned when she discussed the impact of affirmative action on her own life at a time when the nine justices are considering another major case challenging affirmative action. Justice Sotomayor told Scott Pelley of "60 Minutes" that while she can't be seen to comment on a pending case
, affirmative action "was a door-opener that changed the course of my life." If this were Justice Scalia, Thomas or Alito opining on another controversial pending issue such as abortion, law professors across the country would be lambasting them. Of course, Sotomayor gets a free pass because she is: 1) an Obama pick, and 2) historic as the Court's first Latina. It would have been terrific if in the last presidential election the public had heard a real debate on the role of the Courts. And it would have been nice to have heard more from Mitt Romney about how judges who legislate from the bench imperil our representative democracy.