The whole point of Obama picking Sotomayor was to put Senate Republicans in a bind where they would either roll over and play dead or else antagonize “Hispanics” by daring to ask questions of the nominee. Otherwise he would have picked one of the many better-qualified potential nominees.
I’d say the Dems have really irked Kyl with their little porkulus “blackmail” scheme because he’s coming down pretty hard on Slippery Sonia today.
One pundit made the comment yesterday that Republicans chasing Hispanic voters was a fool’s errand since last November they represented 8% of the total vote. Turning 10% of them to the pubbies would only mean perhaps a million votes. Acting like real conservatives, on the other hand, might actually help shore up the base and gain twice that many votes for the GOP. But maybe it’s more important to the Miss Lindsey’s of this world to be politically correct than politically successful.
BTW, I haven’t seen any polling on Sotomayor (Sp: “Big Thicket”—sort of like her impenetrable hearing responses) but I really don’t think that her views coincide with those of the majority of Hispanic CITIZENS in this country—i.e., those who can vote legally. She is way left of them on abortion and gives off dyke-ish vibes that aren’t popular in the militantly hetero Latin world. So, to me it is questionable to this 1/2 Hispanic as to how palatable this woman is to the majority of Latino voters, though polls may prove me wrong.