Frankly, Douglas should be the model for a Supreme Court justice.
Douglas was strongly libertarian in his opinions, distrustful of establishments of all types, and considered himself a voice for the voiceless and powerless. Along with Justice Hugo Black, he was an absolutist on the Bill of Rights. He was well versed in corporate law (including antitrust) matters, which was his specialty as a law professor. He wrote his opinions quickly, which sometimes meant they were poorly crafted.
But Sotomayor seems to be a decent sort.
It’s kind of fun watching the righties make stuff up.
An “activist judge,” in wingnut parlance, is ipso facto any judge that does not agree with wingnuts.
Scott Lemieux writes at the Guardian:
. . . I hope that President Obama and Democrats in the Senate will use the confirmation process to push back against the fallacious received wisdom that progressive judges engage in “judicial activism” while conservative justices believe in “judicial restraint” and are more likely to defer to the elected branches.
Deborah White discusses the Republicans’ bigoted reactions here.
And Mad Kane immortalizes the whole shebang in poetry here.