Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fearing Political Consequences GOP Might Back Down From Sotomayor Fight

I would rather see the country have more political parties than fewer. Accordingly, I am pleased to discover that cooler heads might prevail regarding the Republican opposition to Sotomayor. Conservatives and even so-called liberal commentators have employed some interesting tropes to describe Sotomayor. Specifically, they have labeled her a racist, extremist, and intellectual lightweight.

The irony is too much to bear. Some people in a political party that barely contains any nonwhite members believe they can win a public relations battle describing a Latina as a racist. Mike Huckabee, who last year insisted that the nation amend the Constitution to reflect "God's standards," believes appointing "Maria" Sotomayor would lead to an "Extreme Court." And people with far fewer accomplishments (and much longer lives) have dismissed the summa cum laude Princeton graduate and Yale Law School alumna as an intellectual lightweight. The whole mess was an avalanche of hypocrisy.

As Professor Nan Hunter reports, many conservatives previously opposed her nomination to the court of appeals on the sole ground that it would enhance the likelihood that she would later move to the Supreme Court. Thus, Republicans have always opposed her for nonsubstantive reasons. The pattern has continued. But, as the Politico reports, it might soon come to an end.

7 comments:

Stray Yellar Dawg? said...

As I just said in my response to your previous post:

"I pity her Republican foes for the fools they will make of themselves in front of a voting block that they cannot afford to alienate."

It would make me very happy to NOT see the GOP leadership make fools of themselves. If cooler heads do prevali in this situation... I will continue to consider that party a viable option in 2010 and 2012.

If Huckabee goes down over this... it will be a VERY good thing for the future of my grandfather's party.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Yes!

Mark G said...

Are you saying there are no valid criticisms of Sotomayor, or are you saying that the sins of the Republicans and "so-called" liberals (obviosly no real liberal would criticize a teammate) disqualify them to raise otherwise valid criticisms? The former seems a bit fawning, and the latter is nothing but ad hominem.

I took the "lightweight" charges to mean merely that Sotomayor is not as brilliant as, say, Elena Kagan. But why respond to those charges on the merits when it is so easy and satisfying to just question the writers' motivations and leave it at that.

To be clear -- from what little I have read, I believe Sotomayor has all the inteligence she needs to be a strong Justice.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Mark G:

Of course I am not saying that there are no valid "criticisms" of Sotomayor or anyone else. There is a large difference between "criticisms" and a "fight." After the announcement was made, conservatives went into "ring the alarm" mode, which strikes me as a very bad reaction. I have said several times on here that I believe that appointees are a political issue, and that the President should pretty much have the word on the subject. Obviously, the Senate has a constitutional role too, but it should not turn on an opposition party's ideological anxieties (regardless of the party).

And if you really believe that I would define a role for "true" liberals, then that's preposterous, given the number of articles I have written on here that try to make liberals live honest lives. I have reason to question Rosen's liberal credentials that preceded his attack of Sotomayor. Just google: The Bloods and the Crits, and you'll get a taste what the "so-called" language meant.

Finally, did you go on Westlaw -- or even the Harvard faculty site and look at Kagan's publication record? It is somewhat light - especially for a former Dean of HLS and acclaimed "scholar." Many of her "articles" are either published in her home school journal (which screams inside job) or short essays that honor deceased jurists. Yet, Kagan is hailed as an accomplished scholar, while Sotomayor is described as lacking influence.

Finally, given the number of essays I have written on the subject -- many of which you have read(!) -- I am surprised that you question me of avoiding a response "on the merits." I have consistently done this.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Mark: an example of a very conservative scholar returning to a subject (after his initial argument received a lot of criticism) and reaching a different conclusion: Eric Posner's New Analysis of Sotomayor

James H said...

Sigh
I loved how critiscism on the lefet got put on the right so soon

Republicans despite our better common sense and the double standard think a President should have deference on his picks. Looks at Ginsburg

THe problem was the left got their boilerplate out too soon that Republicans would be mean to the nominee

As I have tracked the last few days actually besides the regular people that wantt to get their blog traffic site up and get another 25 dollars to save the Republic from saps have been asking questions but there is no appearance there would be all out war on this

It would be refreshing when people look at the GOP they would look at the GOP leadership besides pundits and bloggers.

We are going to do a honest vetting and ask tough questions. But in the end the dirty secret is even if the GOP had 50 Senate votes she would get confirmed.

Again we have a different standard than the other side. Whether that is right or wrong

James H said...

"After the announcement was made, conservatives went into "ring the alarm" mode, which strikes me as a very bad reaction. I have said several times on here that I believe that appointees are a political issue, and that the President should pretty much have the word on the subject. Obviously, the Senate has a constitutional role too, but it should not turn on an opposition party's ideological anxieties (regardless of the party)."

Did they really. I mean we had the usual blog hype and people framing the debate but has not the temperature gone down

HEck most conservatives realize we could have gotten far worse and we hold on to the likely fallacy she might have the independence of Kennedy (Though it never seems to work this way for us)

Again I think sometimes blogs are the most horrible thing in the world for these type of moninations left or right. Have a blog that might have a readership of 2000 a day and people think you are the conservative or liberal voice for millions and there is some movement

Mark my words. I suspect the Republicans will not make a member of her family cry on national TV after trying to make them look like some racist or sexist.

In the end we Republicans don't have the stomach for such stuff as was done as to ALito

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