Friday, May 29, 2009

Finally a Republican Senator telling Newt and Rush to leave Sotomayor alone

Senator John Cornyn of Texas.

All the faux rage of Sotomayor by all these Republicans, note the ones not running for anything, is ridiculous. Also, note that Cornyn is from Texas and how many Hispanics are living in Texas? Yeah, you got it yet?

All the arguments of the Republicans against Sotomayor have just evaporated, especially the concern of her "empathy" tag, when it was Justice Alito who said out right during his confirmation that "empathy" would be one part of how he would craft his decisions and let not forget that former President George H.W. Bush said that Justice Thomas is one who had clear empathy during his trot to the Supreme Court.

The use and backlash against Sotomayer with the "racist" tag is one that will hurt the Republicans down the road. The clips, tapes are out there and will be used, no doubt. But Cornyn, like McCain from a state with high Hispanic voters read his tea leaves, too.

Cornyn, the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told NPR's "All Things Considered":

"I think it's terrible... 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."

Cornyn dismissed Limbaugh and Gingrich, adding: "Neither one of these men are elected Republican officials. I just don't think it's appropriate. I certainly don't endorse it. I think it's wrong."

In recent days, Limbaugh and Gingrich have made headlines and stirred up controversy, along with condemnation from the White House, with their comments.

And the Gallup Poll for Sotomayor has 47% of the public viewing her excellent or good, 20% at fair and 13% poor.

Expect more Republican Senators to finally step out and try to stop the negative noise from their crazy right-winged part of the party. Especially Republican Senators from the West or those who represent states with high Hispanic constituents.


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