Olly, one quote from the second (and obviously disfavored) source you list stuck out for me. Here it is:
“For the administration to bring forward a nominee with this record and hope to get some kind of credit because she is the first African American woman nominated to the DC Circuit is one more sign of the administration’s political cynicism.”
–Hilary Shelton, director, NAACP Washington Bureau.
Interesting point, Hilary. Tell me, what’s more cynical: the administration’s nomination of a black woman who might, on some issues, be in alignment with the administration (I doubt she’s a big fan of PATRIOT, by her record), or your organization’s resistance to her nomination based on the fact that she does not share the political views you apparently expect all black women to share? Why don’t you just come right out and call her what Belafonte called Powell, you small-minded ideologue?
I think this might help you gauge what I think.