I will write a special column, maybe over the weekend, about how easy it would have been — the exact words to use — to REALLY get middle America upset about Sotomayor’s court opinion saying that current jailbird — murderers, rapists, etc. — should have the right to vote even while behind bars.
It would have been incredibly easy to get beyond the dodges we know she would have used.
I swear, our senators have no sense of what moves Middle America, very little sense of how to do follow-up questions, very l ittle sense of how to get beyond inside baseball, very little sense of PR, and very little sense (Sessions, Kyl and Coburn probably excepted, and partially Cornyn) how to get beyond the cant, the BS, the obvious dodges that Sotomayor is slinging around.
They have done some good work — Sessions consistently, Kyl at times, Cornyn at times, Coburn very very well — but overall, they have shied away from, or just failed in their attempts at, landing real knockout blows.
And the felon voting case, which they NEVER brought up in questioning (they let Cardin bring it up in a way that made SOTOMAYOR look good), was the single key to really turning the tide against her, especially when combined with the fairly solid work they did puttin gpressure on her on gun rights.
Again, my column will be coming soon. And it will show that the questioning would have been an easy slam dunk against her.
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