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GOP Moves to Tone Down Criticism of Sotomayor
Washington Post ^ | Friday, May 29, 2009; 2:31 PM | By Dan Eggen, Shailagh Murray and Paul Kane

Posted on 05/29/2009 4:42:37 PM PDT by lewisglad

Republican leaders on Capitol Hill are rushing to contain racially tinged rhetoric in the debate over President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, fearing that attacks emanating from some conservatives opposed to appellate court Judge Sonia Sotomayor could damage GOP prospects among women and the rapidly growing Hispanic population.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said today he was "uneasy" over allegations by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and talk-show host Rush Limbaugh that Sotomayor is racist.

Sessions, who lost a 1986 bid for a federal judgeship amid concerns over his own racial sensitivity, said Republicans should focus on Sotomayor's legal record to try to divine what sort of a Supreme Court justice she would make.

"I'm uneasy," Sessions said in a 30-minute interview in his office in the Russell Senate Office Building. "I don't think that's good rhetoric. The question is, has the judge gone too far or not, given the established law of the land?"

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, also condemned the remarks by Gingrich and Limbaugh, noting that "neither one of these men are elected Republican officials."

"I think it's terrible," Cornyn said in an interview late yesterday with NPR's "All Things Considered." "This is not the kind of tone any of us want to set when it comes to performing our constitutional responsibilities of advise and consent."

"I just don't think it's appropriate," he continued. "I certainly don't endorse it. I think it's wrong."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: cornyn; cowards; hispandering; kneepadrepublicans; laraza; panderingrinos; rino; rinoalert; rinocornyn; rinoparty; rinos; rinosessions; sessions; sotomayor; traitors; vichy; wimps
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1 posted on 05/29/2009 4:42:37 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

Cowards and scum.


2 posted on 05/29/2009 4:43:29 PM PDT by Noumenon (As long as I have a rifle, I STILL have a vote...)
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To: lewisglad

Sotomayor belongs to La Raza which means “The Race” in Spanish, and the Republicans are the ones who are racists? God, what a bunch of gutless weasels they are.


3 posted on 05/29/2009 4:44:52 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (I long for the days when advertisers didn't constantly ask about the health of my genital organs.)
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To: lewisglad

could damage GOP prospects among women and the rapidly growing Hispanic population...

LOL! how do you get less than nothing?

Oh and what was it called when the dems never stopped attacking Estrada with everything but the kitchen sink?


4 posted on 05/29/2009 4:45:04 PM PDT by bill1952 (Power is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: lewisglad

This bigot is an insult to our Supreme Court. Both in intellect and in deed.


5 posted on 05/29/2009 4:45:51 PM PDT by Tarpon (You abolish your responsibilities, you surrender your rights.)
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To: bill1952

AND....Janice Rogers Brown....an African American? What did the Dems do to her????? HHHMMMMMMMMMMM!


6 posted on 05/29/2009 4:45:56 PM PDT by goodnesswins (WE have a REPUBLIC.....IF we can KEEP IT!!!)
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To: Hardastarboard

Gutless weasels indeed. Needing a new party — courage of your convictions is the first qualification.


7 posted on 05/29/2009 4:47:10 PM PDT by bboop (obama, little o, not a Real God)
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To: lewisglad

Sessions and Cornyn have lost their manhood.


8 posted on 05/29/2009 4:47:18 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: bill1952

not to mention Clarence Thomas.


9 posted on 05/29/2009 4:47:27 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: Noumenon

For starters, what have they got to lose? They are personae non gratae. I guess invitations to cocktail parties is what they’ll lose.

Why is everyone dancing around this? Why is everyone dancing around capitalism? GM? The cushy deal that the unions got? There is so much to hit out of the ballpark.

I am vexed!


10 posted on 05/29/2009 4:48:31 PM PDT by madameguinot (Our Father's God to Thee, Author of Liberty)
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To: lewisglad

Oh, God help us! Does Republican actually mean COWARD in some language? I am so sick of these POS RINOs!!!!!!!


11 posted on 05/29/2009 4:48:42 PM PDT by Enoughofthissocialism
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To: airborne; wagglebee; Fiddlstix; Ol' Sparky; Zechariah_8_13; BnBlFlag; notaliberal; Fire_on_High; ...

The RINO Party Alert.

Just say no to liberals, turncoats, and traitors!

We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended.
We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals of our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the party over to the so-called moderates wouldn't make any sense at all.
— President Ronald Wilson Reagan


NO! to on-demand abortion.
NO! to homosexual marriage.
NO! to amnesty for illegals.
NO! to gun control.
NO! to affirmative action.
NO! socialized healthcare.

NO! to more spending.
NO! to more taxes.
NO! to bailouts and pork.
NO!to homosexuals in the military.
NO! to carbon credits.
NO! to the Socialist agenda.


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12 posted on 05/29/2009 4:49:23 PM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (The Tree of Liberty is long overdue for its natural manure)
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To: lewisglad
Sessions, you p-whipped eunuch, you'd better start worrying less about your media PR image and more about the people (like ME!) who brung ya to the dance. That scatterbrained fleabag isn't qualified to supervise a high school detention hall and you know it. Pull your head out of your gluteal cleft and start shining a light on that fact, or you'll be looking for a new hobby!!!!!


13 posted on 05/29/2009 4:49:41 PM PDT by Viking2002 (This tagline for rent.)
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To: lewisglad

Since she is a member of La Raza she isn’t fit for any kind of public service!


14 posted on 05/29/2009 4:49:55 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Noumenon

Not only cowards and scum .. they are to moroninc to understand why nobody will vote for their sorry, wishy washy, spineles behinds. They are all a bunch of Richard Craniums as far as I am concerned.

Lead follow or get out of the way. I’m an old Iowa farmboy. Didn’t take me long to figure out what happens wehn you straddle a barbed wire fence. Your liable to hurt sumething important.

Oh ... oh .......oh ..... just realized sumptin. The jerks have “straddled” for so long that they “lost” their balls.


15 posted on 05/29/2009 4:50:13 PM PDT by HiramQuick (work harder ... welfare recipients depend on you!)
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To: lewisglad

...and Alito.


16 posted on 05/29/2009 4:50:29 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Powell/Whorealdo 2012- The New GOP Dream Ticket)
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To: Hardastarboard

17 posted on 05/29/2009 4:50:57 PM PDT by cartoonistx
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To: lewisglad
Ah shoot....it appears the last good conservative in the Senate has fallen to the enemy MSM.

Sad, the spate of stories (Session is a racist) that ran when Sessions took Specter place on the judiciary committee must have spooked him. As intended.

Our soldiers continue to run off the battlefield, who will be left?

18 posted on 05/29/2009 4:51:22 PM PDT by roses of sharon (We must get a grip on what we can, and hold on. Hold on with energy, imagination, and ferocity)
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To: lewisglad

Tone down Hell, I’ll call it like I see it!


19 posted on 05/29/2009 4:51:38 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
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To: lewisglad

R.I.P.G.O.P.

When Republicans decide that combating racism is racist, they cease having any purpose to exist.


20 posted on 05/29/2009 4:52:00 PM PDT by counterpunch (In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.)
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To: Hardastarboard

Ever dealt with the La Raza bunch? Not a friendly group.


21 posted on 05/29/2009 4:52:18 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: rabscuttle385

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22 posted on 05/29/2009 4:52:19 PM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (The Tree of Liberty is long overdue for its natural manure)
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To: Noumenon


Never forget.
23 posted on 05/29/2009 4:56:00 PM PDT by roses of sharon (We must get a grip on what we can, and hold on. Hold on with energy, imagination, and ferocity)
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To: DirtyHarryY2K

Cornyn is a POS RINO.


24 posted on 05/29/2009 4:58:05 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: lewisglad
Who in the heck in the republican party comes UP with this sort of politically correct twaddle??!

Geeze..!

25 posted on 05/29/2009 4:59:53 PM PDT by prairiebreeze ( Pretender-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama....an arrogant embarrassment.)
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To: lewisglad

Facts are now taboo under the RINO a-holes.


26 posted on 05/29/2009 5:00:23 PM PDT by wac3rd (80 Carter/Obama 08)
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To: lewisglad

I hope the day has come that whenever we hear the GOP say things like “Tone it down,” we ramp it up. I am really SICK of these suckups. Helpless dimbulbs. PeeWee Herman has more huevos.


27 posted on 05/29/2009 5:01:51 PM PDT by redhead (Alaska: Step out of the bus and into the food chain)
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To: lewisglad

This whole article is a setup. Basically labeling the GOP as a bunch of racists with a few “moderates” sprinkled in. It’s almost as if they are playing right into the hands of the media.

Sadly, some of these buffoons need to wake up and think about what Chuck Schumer did to Estrada. Can we not get a gameplan?

Of course, Schumer didn’t have to defend his remarks to the media every 5 seconds, so it’s a little easier for him.


28 posted on 05/29/2009 5:08:36 PM PDT by cpanter
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To: lewisglad

If the GOP rolls over on Sotomayor and doesn’t even try to fight, kiss them good bye, if you haven’t already.

Every move these moderates makes just drives another nail in the GOP coffin.

If they seek to be more like Democrats, why not imitate the attacks and strong opposition instead of the kissing up to Dems?

Turn Saul Alinsky’s tactics back on them!


29 posted on 05/29/2009 5:08:44 PM PDT by DakotaRed (Don't you wish you had supported a conservative when you had the chance?)
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To: lewisglad

Based on personal, first-hand experience I can say that the “hispanic” community is deeply divided by geographical origin and most groups detest the others. Having them act as a monolithic entity is possible but not likely. Many are pro-life traditional, religious lifestyle people. It’s not possible to generalize either way.

We need not fear standing up for principles that apply to every individual equally.

We cannot, in good conscience, vote to put a person with racist and provably unconstitutional view on the Supreme Court of the United States even if it means we lose the vote.

Period.


30 posted on 05/29/2009 5:09:06 PM PDT by paulycy (BEWARE the LIBERAL/MEDIA Complex)
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To: lewisglad

Cry babies.


31 posted on 05/29/2009 5:10:10 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit (Two terms for politicians, one in office, one in jail.))
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To: lewisglad

Funny how pointing out racism in a liberal is itself “racially tinged.”


32 posted on 05/29/2009 5:10:21 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Typical "Rightwing Extremist")
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To: rabscuttle385
Cornyn is a POS RINO.

You got that right. I've tried to call his office all day and the phones are jammed with traffic. I'll never vote for another Republican.... EVER I hope a Hispanic runs against him, I will gladly vote against him to see a Hispanic send him packing.

33 posted on 05/29/2009 5:15:17 PM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (The Tree of Liberty is long overdue for its natural manure)
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GOP doing the rollover strategy that got the ‘Rats back in power. /S


34 posted on 05/29/2009 5:21:19 PM PDT by steelyourfaith ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money" - Lady Thatcher)
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To: lewisglad
Okay you RINO’s the tail goes between the legs, drop butt down low, look over you left shoulder as you run like hell for cover. Yelping things like ‘criticism of Otomayor is racist’, ‘we must keep an open mind while we do our constitutional duty’ is a sure way to make the liberals, latinAs, and anyone else you are afraid of, like you and respect you for your commitment to your ideals. Maybe you should take lessons from the fawning lap dogs in the major media.
35 posted on 05/29/2009 5:23:18 PM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Calling all Son's of Liberty)
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To: madameguinot

WE ARE DOOMED! DOOMED, I TELL YOU. no one is listening. it like screaming in the wind, crying in the dark.

We have elected the ONE. Salvation has arrived. (melodramatic sarcastic rant-sorry)


36 posted on 05/29/2009 5:26:43 PM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Calling all Son's of Liberty)
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To: lewisglad

Celebrate Racism, the new GOP motto!


37 posted on 05/29/2009 5:28:26 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: lewisglad

Leave the racist Latina alone. She’s allowed to be a bigot.


38 posted on 05/29/2009 5:32:02 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (If Liberals' GOAL was the Destruction of Western Civilization, would their behavior differ?)
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To: Noumenon; lewisglad; All

Let’s just wait and see what happens.

I see three possibilities here.

1. This is liberal mediaspeak, hoping to shut down any coming criticism of Hussein’s choice before it gets a chance to come up. Senator Sessions, from one thread I’ve seen, is disturbed by some of Sonia’s remarks.

2. The RINOs really do believe caving on Sotomayor will help them with hispanics and women. They’re sincere but sincerely wrong.

3. A combo of both. A few RINOs are giving impetus to the liberals. This is most likely.

The myth of Hussein’s popularity is one of great exaggeration, one believed by Hussein and his cult and by the uninformed. Perpetuated by the high priests of Hussein’s inner circle and the LameStream Media, the myth of popularity is a balloon that needs to be burst. And the sooner the better.

Let’s not give up.


39 posted on 05/29/2009 5:44:00 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm SO glad I no longer belong to the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: lewisglad

GOP Moves to Tone Down Criticism of Sotomayor

So the GOP is becoming the Dems and going against free speech,honesty integrity.
No wonder they lose every election


40 posted on 05/29/2009 5:44:40 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Coming to You From the Front Lines of Occupied America)
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To: lewisglad

“racially tinged rhetoric”? You have got to be kidding. Sotomayor makes a blatantly racist statement, and it is “racially tinged” to criticize it? And now Sessions is joining Cornyn in this ridiculous attempt to censor perfectly legitimate criticism.


41 posted on 05/29/2009 5:45:16 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Uncle Miltie

Does she have any kids? I just wonder. I’m not dissing folks without kids, but there’s always talk about the big perspective you get when you have kids. I have some, and I my experiences post are very different then pre-kids. Is that diplomatic enough?


42 posted on 05/29/2009 5:46:48 PM PDT by againstallhope
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To: lewisglad

43 posted on 05/29/2009 5:55:07 PM PDT by 50mm (My respect for zero has reached zero)
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To: Unam Sanctam

Ah, I can still remember when Princeton had some good basketball teams, competetive football, some excellent wrestlers, and nothing to apologize for!


44 posted on 05/29/2009 5:56:43 PM PDT by mathurine
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To: lewisglad

I think that the GOP needs to “tone down” its criticism of Americans.


45 posted on 05/29/2009 5:56:49 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Gibbs needs to be "exceedingly careful" when threatening the American people.)
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To: Uncle Miltie
Leave the racist Latina alone. She’s allowed to be a bigot.

I'm offended at your bigoted reference to her being "allowed." Your allowance of her bigotry presumes a patriarchal dominance over her racism, reducing it to mere allowed bigotry and thereby denying it the fullest expression of her natural, narrow-minded discriminatory hate-filled racial bias. You, and people like you, are the reason she was victimized into becoming a racist in the first place. You should be ashamed.

46 posted on 05/29/2009 5:56:52 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: lewisglad
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said today he was "uneasy" over allegations by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and talk-show host Rush Limbaugh that Sotomayor is racist.

I'm "uneasy" that our "elected officials" are spending so much time being "uneasy" about what others, who aren't elected officials, are saying and doing rather than focusing on what THEY should be saying and doing.

This is only about Rush and Newt, rather than Sotomayor, if Republicans spend their time fulfilling the plans of the Dems and their cohorts in the media by responding to what everyone other than Sotomayor has said and done.

47 posted on 05/29/2009 5:57:00 PM PDT by LucyJo ("Yep, son, we've met the enemy and he is us.")
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Republican leaders on Capitol Hill are rushing to contain racially tinged rhetoric

Hilarious. The racially-tinged rhetoric came from her.

48 posted on 05/29/2009 5:59:03 PM PDT by Rocko (Mymindisaragingtorrent,floodedwithrivuletsofthoughtcascadingintoawaterfallofcreativealternatives.)
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To: lewisglad

The Pubes continue to disappoint. Are there any men of wisdom, resolve and stature left in the Republican party?

None that I can see.

Weaklings and cowards, unfit for office, who have a charge to protect our country, but because of dereliction, are party to destroying it.

I absolutely cannot believe I am witnessing the unraveling of my country before my very eyes.


49 posted on 05/29/2009 6:01:38 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
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To: lewisglad
NatGOP -- trash. Forget them, they can feed their fancies of being relevant.

My money goes ONLY and DIRECTLY to qualified candidates.

50 posted on 05/29/2009 6:02:52 PM PDT by sionnsar (Iran Azadi|5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5(SONY)|"Also sprach Telethustra"-NonValueAdded|Lk21:36)
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