My Advice for Conservatives Re: Judge Sotomayor [UPDATED]
First and foremost: Relax. Don't get worked up. Don't make her out to be the devil incarnate. She's not.
Conservatives and Republicans would be wise to hold their fire on this pick. She's going to be confirmed anyway, and the conservative cause has very little to gain by standing athwart this historical nomination (the first Latina Supreme Court nominee) yelling "Stop!" In fact, they have much to lose (i.e. what's left of the Latinos who still vote for them) by being seen as opposing this nomination.
Besides, Feddie is right. We've dodged a bullet. It could have been much worse, and I'm actually a little surprised Obama didn't go ahead and use some political capital while he still has it to go for broke on as big a lefty ideologue as he could find. Believe me, there are some disappointed folks on the left who likely view this pick similarly to how some of us on the right viewed the Harriet Miers pick.
The better strategy for the right is to let Obama have this one ... maybe even confirm her 100-0. Ask tough questions during the confirmation hearings, but don't go overboard, and definitely don't be seen as hostile to her personally. State openly for the record that you're willing to give the President the benefit of the doubt on his first pick, but that future nominees will draw much tougher scrutiny.
And then draw the line in the sand with Justice Stevens' replacement.
Some interesting facts about Judge Sotomayor include that she would be the 6th Catholic currently sitting on the Supreme Court (joining Chief Justice Roberts and Associate Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito), and that, as a federal appeals court judge in 2002, she ruled against a pro-abortion group that had challenged the Mexico City Policy (which prohibits foreign organizations receiving U.S. funds from performing or supporting abortions). In her opinion, Sotomayor ruled that the government can favor the anti-abortion position over the pro-abortion position when deciding how to spend public funds.
So, given this history, another tactic conservative Senators should use during the confirmation hearings is to get Judge Sotomayor on the record saying things that will alienate the President's hard-core left supporters. That would be awesome.
More from Feddie here. I concur.
Michael Denton offers his take.
NARAL Cautious on Sotomayor?
I'm beginning to think that certain pro-life organizations already had their anti-nominee press releases ready to go this morning when Obama made his Supreme Court announcement, and that they just filled in the blank once they learned the name.
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