For being the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice Nominee. Largely due to George W. Bush's possible candidates of Emilio Garza and Alberto Gonzales were threatened with filibuster by Harry Reid and the Democrats before they were actually nominated. Also, for possibly being the third female justice to server on the court. Harry Reid suggested that President Bush nominate Harriet Miers for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's position, but then Democrats threatened to block her nomination as well.
This was not the first time that your name has come up for consideration. In 2005, when Judge O'Connor announced retirement, RINOs Bill Frist and Arlen Specter along with Democrat leaders Harry Reid and Patrick Leahy presented President Bush with your name as one of their choice of "moderate" Hispanic federal judges that they could accept. However, National Review, a conservative magazine, suggested that you nomination from the Democrats was in bad faith because you were too liberal for a conservative president to seriously consider. I suppose next to President Obama's normal company, you are "moderate".
You have had a long experienced career as a judge. You have also had previous experience with the Supreme Court as you have had five decisions as an appellate judge go before the High Court. Granted, that three of them were overturned. However, you still have one more case decision headed to the High Court, but this one doesn't look like it will help your winning percentage.
Democrats are pushing for an accelerated timetable for you confirmation. This falls in line with President Obama's actual application of his promise of a five-day public review period after Congress passes a bill before he signs it. With everything that was hidden in the 1132-page Omnibus Bill, we have to wonder what surprises you hold in store for us.
Prior to your nomination President Obama pledged "I will seek someone who understands that justice isn’t about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a case book, it is also about how our laws affect the daily realities of people’s lives." This gave us insight to his standards for a nominee. Possibly leaving room for a justice who would prefer to legislate from the bench than interoperate the constitutionality of a law or court ruling.
Justice O'Connor has said "that a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases." Your retort to her comment was "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life". I am not certain where heritage determines your duties.
In closing, it is with this letter of congratulations I will leave some parting words. I hope that when the time comes you use all of your wisdom and previous experiences when reviewing cases that come before you. Especially when the case is regarding Texas' Sovereignty Under 10th Amendment and any other state that wishes to affirm the Constitutional Limitations of the Federal Government.
Thank you for your service to OUR Country the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave,
From the soon to be former State of Texas