It's hard to pinpoint the saddest/most amusing aspect of this whole circus. For one, there's Obama's list of qualifications:
"I will seek somebody with a sharp and independent mind and a record of excellence and integrity. I will seek someone who understands that justice isn't just about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a casebook,"
Hmmm... Anything about the Constitution in there? No? What a surprise. Oh, it goes without saying, you object? So there was a question about needing a sharp mind? And a record of excellence and integrity? Yeah, Obama didn't mention the Constitution for one very good reason - he doesn't give a shit. And if he did, he'd be using the Constitution to wipe himself off afterwards.
Anyway, then it comes to the gender and ethnicity of the next justice. Will it be the most qualified person? Well, possibly, but that's completely secondary to the most important qualification - that it be a woman or a minority (double score if it's both!)
It turns out racism and sexism is okay. But only if you're using it against white men. What a shocker. I may go cry now.