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Sonia Sotomayor and GOP Self-Immolation

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Allan Goldstein
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It is time that President Obama stopped being so unfair to the Republican party.  His nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court puts the lie to his promise of bipartisanship.

The GOP, or Geriatric Old Party, has one strategy left--praying for Obama to screw up--and it's unfair to take that hope from them.

The President nominates a Puerto Rican-American woman with a track record longer than Seabiscuit's and a resume so big it could put your eye out if you're not careful--and the Republicans weren't.

Karl Rove says Sonia Sotomayor lacks intellectual heft, which is sort of like Rod Blagojevich saying she lacks integrity.  Other Republican worthies try their best to innuendo and nitpick to death this ridiculously overqualified nominee who was first chosen for federal service by a Republican, George H. W Bush, though I'm not sure if Bush 41 is a Republican by today's standards.

Soon, all that will be left of the Gelded Old Party is their shriveled base.  Hatred on steroids will do that to you.

If there were still some Americans who weren't disgusted with the heinous treatment Ms. Sotomayor was receiving at the hands of the Grouchy Old Party,  the right-wing talk radio shock jocks remedied that shortfall.  "Identity politics." "Latina chick." "Affirmative action." "Judicial activist."  They used more code words on her than a spook in the Politburo.

The hypocrisy of the Gutted Old Party knows no limits.  If they are really so dead set against affirmative action, how do you explain Michael Steele?

It's hard to make the charges stick to this woman.  Even the left is worried.  Nobody even knows her true position on abortion, other than Grandma Cheney should have had one.

Sonia Sotomayor is a moderate and the country knows it.  The desperation of the Grotesque Old Party is a sad thing to witness.  The Republicans once had serious designs on being the majority party in America.  Look at them now.

If President Obama really believed in "too big to fail" he'd have nominated Noam Chomsky.

But no, he picks a near-perfect candidate, a woman who will replace David Souter admirably, while the Gray Old Party slowly commits suicide to the mournful strains of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."

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