May 27 2009
I don’t have a lot to say about the nomination of judge Sotomayor for the Supreme Court except to voice a warning to the GOP. As Fred Grandy said this morning on his radio show, unless the GOP has some hard and clear evidence she did not interpret the law but used personal bias to make decisions, there is no point going after Sotomayer. After the GOP’s self destructive nativist bigotry over comprehensive immigration reform and their continued ability to insult woman, the Sotomayor nomination is a done deal and can only be used to further destroy the GOPs already tattered reputation with women and hispanics. She is clearly experienced enough and capable, which means she should be seated if the GOP standards from the Bush era are to be the standard.
And while Rush Limbaugh’s lame attempts to turn her joking about a woman hispanic being better than a white male proved her point, it really is just another example of heated and insulting talk radio blather tarnishing this nation. I can appreciate the social barriers a hispanic woman must have met coming up through any ranks. Her joking about it doesn’t make her a ‘racist’, it makes her one who survived and succeeded despite stereotyping so common in any society – including our own. She should be applauded for her accomplishments, challenged on her shortcomings or errors – but not insulted.
With all the challenges facing this nation, right now Sotomayor is not a threat worthy of a battle royale.
Update: Mark McKinnon has the same view as I do:
Memo to my party: Blasting targets like Sonia Sotomayor and Colin Powell is a surefire strategy to guarantee our extinction.
If the GOP is ever to be resurgent, it has to pick its fights carefully. The tendency is, unfortunately, to shoot at everything that moves.
Here are a couple of fights we donâ€™t need: Colin Powell and Sonia Sotomayor.
Letâ€™s face it, Sotomayor is a political trifecta. Woman. Hispanic. Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval from George H. W. Bush.
Sadly Mark, recent history indicates the ‘true conservatives’ are not done destroying the conservative movement.