Sonia Sotomayor wasn’t a nominee for more than an hour before Democratic and Republican talking points began circulating.
They’re something to pay attention to. If nothing else, they free you from the burden of watching cable news.
Not all conservatives are playing along with a cautionary Republican game plan. Marc Ambinder over at The Atlantic lists the groups using a statement Sotomayor made in 2005, during a panel discussion at Duke University, in which she said that the U.S. Court of Appeals is “where policy is made.”
Congressional Quarterly quotes Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, using another Sotomayor quote: “Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”
But CQ, and others, are also talking about a reluctance among Republican leaders to immediately condemn the nomination of the first Hispanic woman to the U.S. Supreme Court:
Obama has handed