Between focusing on the government/UAW takeover of 2/3rds of the Not-So-Big Three, keeping an eye on what the Spendocrats who run the Joint Finance Committee are throwing on the funeral pyre known as the FY2010-FY2011 Wisconsin budget, and preparing for my annual spring walleye hunt, I haven’t exactly been keeping an eye on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace retiring Justice David Souter. Fortunately, Karl Rove is better-able to handle multitasking. He wrote in tomorrow’s Wall Street Journal regarding the Sotomayor nomination, and what the Senate Republicans can and should do:
The Sotomayor nomination also provides Republicans with some advantages. They can stress their support for judges who strictly interpret the Constitution and apply the law as written. A majority of the public is with the GOP on opposing liberal activist judges. There is something in our political DNA that wants impartial umpires who apply the rules, regardless of who thereby wins or loses.
Mr. Obama understands the danger of heralding Judge Sotomayor as the liberal activist she is, so his spinners are intent on selling her as a moderate. The problem is that she described herself as liberal before becoming a judge, and fair-minded observers find her on the left of the federal bench….
Nonetheless, Republicans must treat her with far more care than Democrats treated John Roberts or Samuel Alito and avoid angry speeches like Sen. Ted Kennedy’s tirade against Robert Bork. The GOP must make measured arguments against her views and philosophy, using her own words and actions.
Indeed, those are wise words for the rest of us right-of-center, words that are echoed by Fox News’ Brit Hume (H/T – Mike)…
Of course, I expect Shoebox (if he manages to come up for air long enough to comment on this) and the co-bloggers to make further comments about the nomination. Somehow I expect to see that she was confirmed by the time I get back from vacation next week Saturday.