Sonia Sotomayor - How the Liberal Justice Can Change the Court

Supporters attend a rally endorsing the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court near the US Capitol Aug. 5, 2009. The Senate confirmed her nomination the following day. Win McNamee/Getty Images

With Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation a done deal, conservatives are wondering what they can expect from this center-left jurist. Although Sotomayor is liberal in philosophy, she has been largely mainstream in her decision-making. Conservatives have lamented her nomination and pined for other more qualified judges, but in the end, with President Obama calling the shot, conservatives could have done a lot worse.

Take a look at how Sotomayor's nomination and confirmation evolved and what conservatives can expect from America's newest Supreme Court Justice.

The Verdict on Sonia Sotomayor, Conservatively Speaking
July 17, 2009
After four days of confirmation hearings, Americans have learned little additional information about Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor beyond what was already known ...

Giving Sotomayor the Benefit of the Doubt
July 14, 2009
Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor got underway today, and the partisan rhetoric was predictable. Democrats fawned over her and Republicans remained circumspect. For conservatives, however, the issues surrounding Sotomayor all boil down to essentially two major areas of concern ...

Sonia Sotomayor's Affirmative Action Advantage
June 25, 2009 guest writer William Weiss, who calls himself a "lonely moderate," proves you don't have to be a conservative to have conservative opinions.

Weiss, a software designer who lives in Pennsylvania, was steamed even before President Barack Obama tapped Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court that was created by outgoing Associate Justice David Souter ...

Conservatives "Reserved" About Sotomayor's Supreme Court Nomination
May 26, 2009
Let's face it: it could have been a lot worse.

President Barack Obama's choice of Second Circuit Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter won't change the ideological makeup of the High Court. Souter often sided with the liberal wing of the court, and despite her somewhat moderate record as an appeals court judge, Sotomayor will be expected to do the same ...

Conservatives & Justice Souter's Retirement
May 5, 2009
Supreme Court Justice David Souter was once touted as the man who would prevent the further leftist decline of the High Court. Instead, Souter turned out to be a closet liberal, siding with the progressive wing of the Court more often than not ...

Update: Since joining the court, Justice Sotamayor has proven to be a dependable vote for liberal causes that come before the United States Supreme Court. She not surprisingly ruled against challenges to Obamacare and in favor of Gay Marriage.