Better late than never:
Nearly a month after President Barack Obama picked her for the Supreme Court, Republican senators say Sonia Sotomayor isn’t serving as the political lightning rod some in their party had hoped she would be.
“She doesn’t have the punch out there in terms of fundraising and recruiting, I think — at least so far,” said Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who most likely will be elected as the No. 4 Republican in Senate leadership this week.
The calculus could certainly change when Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings begin July 13. But the Republican senators’ initial review of Sotomayor’s record, together with the meetings they’ve had with her, have left them doubting that she’ll be controversial enough to help them or hurt the Democrats heading into the 2010 elections.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the opposition to Sotomayor doesn’t have the same intensity he felt in 2005, when the GOP threatened the minority’s right to filibuster judicial nominees.
Did all of the GOP strategists commit suicide when they nominated Palin last fall, because this was such a no-brainer that even morans like me understood the options the day Sotomayor was nominated. Republicans don’t have the votes to stop her unless they filibuster, so the only decision involved is whether or not to filibuster, something that should have been made quite easily given her decades of service and long track record. If the decision is to not filibuster, then they should just shut up and try to get through the confirmation without hurting themselves.
Or, you could scream racist for a couple weeks, realize it is getting you nowhere and alienating you with more than half the country and further aligning you with fringe lunatics like Limbaugh, and then decide the fight isn’t worth it. Well played.