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May 28, 2009 27 Comments ›› Erik Wong

POLITICO: Top Senate Republican strategists tell POLITICO that, barring unknown facts about Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the GOP plans no scorched-earth opposition to her confirmation as a Supreme Court justice.

More than 24 hours after the White House unveiling, no senator has come out in opposition to Sotomayor’s confirmation.

“The sentiment is overwhelming that the Senate should do due diligence but should not make a mountain out of a molehill,” said a top Senate Republican aide. “If there’s no ‘there’ there, we shouldn’t try to create one.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, sounded conciliatory during a round of television interviews on Wednesday.

“We need to all have a good hearing, take our time and do it right, and then the senators cast their vote up or down based on whether or not they think this is the kind of judge that should be on the court,” Sessions said on CNN’s “American Morning.”

GOP officials say they realize the party needs to improve its standing among Hispanic voters in order to have any hope of winning a national election, and they admit that trashing the first Latina nominee to the court could cement stereotypes or further alienate minorities.

This reality limits Republicans’ options dramatically and virtually guarantees they would be called racists if they said anything that smacks of being out of bounds about such a qualified nominee.

So if the president is picking a fight, it looks increasingly like one he has already won.

Republican officials said they still plan an aggressive investigation of her paper trail, since Supreme Court fights have often taken unpredictable turns.

And the officials said they are not ready to promise that the confirmation vote will occur by the August congressional recess, as President Barack Obama has requested. Even if they view confirmation as a foregone conclusion, they said it might last into September.

A top Democrat, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, also has said in interviews that the process should not be rushed.

“Judge Sotomayor has an extensive record,” Schumer told Fox News. “I would hope we could get this done quickly, but thoroughly as well. And obviously, those who want to scrutinize her very carefully have every right to do so. We just don’t want dilatory for its own sake.”

Both sides have been preparing for a confirmation fight for years, and say they expect the usual theatrics and posturing to play out. Veterans of such fights say this is partly because both sides use a confirmation battle to lay markers and send signals for the next court pick.

However, senators on both sides said they are confident that unless the process takes some startling turn, Sotomayor will be confirmed in plenty of time for the court’s opening on the fabled first Monday in October.

Radio host Hugh Hewitt was among the leading conservative voices who indicated that no holy war will occur. “I don’t believe in charging up a hill when you’re going to be completely mowed down,” Hewitt said.

Outside groups will continue to wage the fight. Keith Appell of CRC Public Relations, which represents key conservative legal groups, told POLITICO that Sotomayor “is a polarizing figure” who “sounds and acts like a liberal politician instead of an impartial judge.”

“This battle is just getting started, and Republican senators will be armed with a wealth of material to put her controversial record in the spotlight,” Appell said.

The conservative Judicial Confirmation Network released a Web video Wednesday saying: “America deserves better.”

But in an overnight appeal to supporters, Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, stopped far short of opposition: “Contact your two senators today and urge them not to rush to judgment on Sotomayor or approve her based on her biography.”

The muted comments represent an acknowledgment that it will be no easy task to vilify a one-time nominee of President George H.W. Bush who has received confirmation votes from such ardent abortion opponents as former Sens. Bill Frist and Rick Santorum.

Republicans’ only hope of derailing Sotomayor would be a filibuster — a move countless Republicans have opposed in the context of judicial nominees. And even if they took that route, they are virtually certain to lose badly.

Republicans have 40 votes in the Senate — and it’s hard to imagine someone like Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) or anyone from a state with big Hispanic population blocking the judge.

Besides, the media’s left-of-center bias is rarely more apparent than during court fights. The coverage running up to the pick was slanted heavily toward the notion of how “pragmatic” Obama’s legal views are and how unlikely he was to pick a liberal.

Nearly every liberal group in America applauded the pick, although some are now raising questions about Sotomayor’s record — or lack thereof — on abortion, the death penalty, gay marriage and other hot-button issues.

Democratic strategist Bob Shrum isn’t very good at getting his candidates elected president, but he nailed the political implications of this pick.

“It’s a superb choice on the merits and I also think a superb choice politically,” Shrum said. “I can’t recall a Supreme Court pick announcement that was that powerful as a piece of messaging.”


Comments

  1. aboutTObegin says:

    these RINOs better wake the FUCK up! Its not about the DAMN RACE, its about our FUCKEN COUNTRY! If they so much as inch toward supporting her ass, they will be voted out!!! Hispanic or not Hispanic!!! Its who is best qualified for the position and she is not that person!!!!! WAKE THE HELL UP GOP!!!!!

    -aTb

  2. falconfixer says:

    Hispanics have already left the GOP. Besides, with Acorn voting multiple times for “The One” it doesn’t really matter which way people vote.

  3. Mark Gibbons says:

    Screw all the laws in this land. We must have more empathy.

  4. IP727 says:

    The demokrats ha no trouble trashing thomas,why is the GOP held to account on the race card issue. Liberal double standard.

  5. YERMOM says:

    How about this….you will lose even more credibility with those of us who actually make money to donate to you ass holes.

    last night at dinner I spoke with my kid who just finished learning about the Supreme Court in school. what this dunce things about making rulings with empathy…

    my kid looked at me like I took his drum set away and said….

    Justices are supposed to rule based on the Constitution.

    it’s a pretty simple concept.

  6. Specter says:

    I’ve seen alot of double talk, broken promises and flat out lies in the last 20 years all in name of power.

    Reverse racism and identity politics are the newest forms of manipulating the public at large and as expected the left champions manipulation of the people.

    Everything to do with this issue is meant to divide the GOP even further. She wasn’t nominated for anything other then hispanic votes. Open racism as long as it’s directed towards whites, or republicans is accepted and championed by the left.

  7. GOP08_DOA says:

    You extremist nut jobs need to get a “fucken” life and come up with something worth voting for again or your LOSING STREAK will never end. Actually I hope bozo republicans/conservatives like you all never get a chance to ruin the country again.

  8. YERMOM says:

    YER silly.

  9. TerryTate says:

    If Hispanics of the ilk like Sodomy-ayer are willing to hate everyone because of race, are they really worth listening to?

    I guess, my question is, if these were white people saying this kind of bullshit, there would be fucking riots, so when are other groups of people going to behave like they ask every white person to do?

    If they can’t, then they should shut the fuck up, otherwise their glass houses may get broken.

    Of course, that is just one man’s opinion. How do I know it is one man’s opinion? Well, since white people never support each other, then you can count on it being one man’s opinion. See, when you are white, you truly are an island.

  10. aboutTObegin says:

    wow….such a bright shining light of hope in this email…show a solution instead of pointing out a problem, thats why we frequent this site. I smell a libertard in our midst egging people on. Why don’t you go crawl back up napolitano’s ass. If a Combat Veteran is an Extremist now, then fuck you and your liberal socialist government, I fought, and continue to, for our Constitution, what the fuck do you do or have you done bitch?

    -aTb

    -aTb

  11. aboutTObegin says:

    DOA = Dead on Arrival

  12. Demogorgon says:

    Now is the time to instill some real fear into the minds of those esteemed-NOT a**holes in the U.S. Senate. Not just those fossils of the GOP, but also those supposed blue-dog ‘moderate’ Democrats from, what is often euphemistically referred to as, flyover country.

    Until ALL of these fools fear an electoral backlash from ‘real’ (legal) citizens of this country far more then fearing the media’s (a.k.a. the Leftist Ministry of Propaganda’s) pre-planed accusations and assaults - most will continue to acquiesce literally to every whim of this Marxist Tyrant.

    I’ve made my opinion concerning this ‘policy-making’ Appellate Court ‘legislator’ (and racist) Sonia Sotomayor quite clear to all of the Senate’s Republicans yesterday. Badger their chicken-s**t a**es relentlessly. This evolving North Korean ‘crises’ is nothing but a welcome distraction for this psychopathic Dictator of ours.

    Get Active — agitate, agitate, agitate!

  13. Average Joe says:

    WHO FUCKING CARES WHAT RINO’S THINK. As I said the other day, WE MUST TAKE CONTROL.

    It is very clear:
    Within 6-12 months, epecially since ACORN WIL WIN AGAIN IN EVERY ELECTION,we will say that “WE COULD HAVE STOPPED IT, BUT WE DID NOTHING BECAUSE WE KEPT WAITING on the belief that the PEOPLE would step up at the ballot box.”

    The people probably will, but just like 2008, ACORN and LARAZA will vote 15-20 times to your 1.

    WE HAD A COUNTRY CALLED THE USA ONCE, but we gave it up by not fighting for it.

    WHEN YOU HAVE A RIGGED SYSTEM OF THE VOTING, THE COURTS, AND THE LEGISLATURE…WHAT IS THE ONLY RECOURSE????

  14. DoubleTap says:

    Oh, heaven forbid (if you excuse the religious reference) that anyone should point out an obvious racist-marxist-hate-monger because she happens to be a minority. The uninformed and stupid may take this as an attack on all members of a minority. We can’t have that. We can’t be perceived as standing up to anyone because it is the right thing to do. We just can’t!

    The GOP has become a part of the great movement to become politically correct and redefine our language to the point where there is no possible way to say anything without direct public persecution.

    If they don’t have the ability to make an articulate fact-based statement about an obvious racist-marxist-hate-monger then they need to work on their marketing and speaking skills. This is debate 101.

    Would you guys please just grow a pair.

  15. cooper says:

    fuck this woman, fuck hussein, and fuck any republican that refuses to oppose her. These pussies have already sunk the GOP. Time for a new party.

  16. GRIZZ says:

    She is not a minority in at least 4 states!After amnesty for 50 million more,which IS coming,she will be the majority.Do you think Grizz will be able to get a minority business loan?

  17. GRIZZ says:

    Only conservative women,and lots of ammo,will save this country

  18. DoubleTap says:

    Only if you become a woman. Then you can get a trans-gender business loan

  19. GRIZZ says:

    I would be one UGLY bitch. :shock:

  20. Bob from PA says:

    Why would the Republicans be worried about opposing a Latino or Hispanic nominee? In 2001, then President Bush nominated Honduran-born Miguel Estrada for a judicial nomination. Groups like LatinoJustice PRLDEF (Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund along with the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), fought against the nomination. Estrada withdrew from consideration in 2003.

    If Hispanic groups wouldn’t support a conservative Hispanic judicial appointment, why would it be dangerous as white House Press Secretary Gibbs has implied for Republicans to oppose a liberal Hispanic judicial appointment?

    By the way… LatinoJustice PRLDEF, hailed the nomination of Sotomayor (who once served on their board) on the basis of her ethno-cultural heritage. “As the second largest and fastest growing population in America, with a large pool of qualified individuals to choose from, it was wholly appropriate for the president to nominate a Hispanic.”

    I guess Mr. Estrada’s ethno-cultural heritage didn’t count.

  21. Mark Gibbons says:

    More empathy please.

  22. bill e rubin says:

    Vote Libertarian

  23. Fred says:

    Exactly,

    The Hispanic vote did not punish the Democrats for what the Dems did to Mr. Estrada. There is a double standard in play and it is so blatant that it can only mean the other side knows it has won, wins now, and always will win. They are that bold in their hypocrisy.

    The media is completely in the tank for the Marxists. Including the Spanish-speaking media. Shame on them. They have examples of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez to remind them of what Marxism brings ‘em. And still they vote for Communism…

    Bah. At this point I could give a shit about the Hispanics anymore. I’m a Catholic, and because they tend to be I’ve cut them some slack for it. No more.

    But we have a Usurper who wants to enfranchise non-citizens. Plus shower them with freebies. I have zero respect for people like this. They don’t add to the nation.

  24. DoubleTap says:

    I wonder… is she… did she… was she? Naaaah. She is far uglier than any trans-gendered person I have ever known.

  25. DoubleTap says:

    GRIZZ… you are just trying to get on my good side. ;)

  26. Storm 0311 says:

    Mexicans don’t “see” her as a Latina because she is Pueto Rican.

    Any threat to the nations constitution is a battle worth having.

  27. GRIZZ says:

    Are you saying she stands when he urinates? :twisted:

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