Republicans content to let another opportunity slip by.
If you’re going to be smeared by the left and the media — but I repeat myself — as a racist and a bigot no matter what you say, you might as well make the most of it.
As another Supreme Court nomination battle got underway yesterday, it seems this commonsense axiom is largely lost on today’s Grand Old Party. This is tragic.
Although in the years following the Civil War the party of Lincoln courageously fought to forever enshrine the rights of black freedmen, in recent decades Republicans have lost their zeal for doing the right thing when it comes to race-related issues. Democrats and liberal pressure groups have long known that the fastest way to get a Republican to fold is to call him or her a racist. It’s an amazing kind of kryptonite that turns spines into jelly. This kind of dynamic has poisoned the political conversation in America for decades.
Unless Republicans have an ace up their sleeve to counter the Democratic demagoguery that reliably airs its ugly head whenever the political stakes are high, they will not only fail to prevent the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor, a tedious left-wing racial grievance monger, but they will fail to take advantage of a marvelous opportunity to put the unapologetic racism and racial paternalism of the modern left under a national spotlight.
With Day One of the Sotomayor hearings now complete, there is little reason to be optimistic.
In his opening statement, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vermont) wasted no time smearing critics of Sotomayor. It was not as brazen as Ted Kennedy’s “Robert Bork’s America” speech, but it was just as calculated and dishonest.
Leahy clearly implied that mere criticism of Sotomayor’s infamous statement that she would “hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” was in itself racist.
Looking to past Supreme Court confirmation proceedings, he raised completely inappropriate examples of senators asking seemingly bigoted questions of nominees. Of course, no one has said Sotomayor isn’t qualified because of her race and Democrats are the ones who keep saying again and again that her race is precisely what makes her such a superb nominee.
Leahy noted that Thurgood Marshall was asked, “Are you prejudiced against the white people of the South?” and that the first Jewish American nominated to the high court, Louis Brandeis, was asked strange questions about “the Jewish mind” and how “its operations are complicated by altruism.”
“I trust that all members of this committee here today will reject the efforts of partisans and outside pressure groups that have sought to create a caricature of Judge Sotomayor while belittling her record, her achievements and her intelligence,” Leahy said sternly.
“Unfortunately, some have sought to twist her words and her record and to engage in partisan political attacks,” Leahy complained. “That’s not the American way. That’s not the Senate way.” From years of watching Leahy in action, it’s clear that it’s his way.
Republican members weren’t exactly cowed into submission, but they also didn’t tackle Sotomayor’s comments aggressively.
In their long-winded opening statements, the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for the most part perfunctorily stated their objections to President Obama’s manifestly unqualified candidate for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land.
Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) who both discussed Sotomayor’s postmodernist approach to judicial construction seem to be notable exceptions.
Cornyn referenced a speech Sotomayor made in which she said judges are obligated to force “‘radical change’ to meet the needs of an ‘evolving society.’”
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