The Washington Obamost, it comes as no surprise, has taken a shot at Republican senators who oppose "Big Brother" Barry's Supreme Court nomination. It also comes as no surprise that they play the identity politics card and insult Hispanic voters in the process.
The article might as well be a public service ad which demonstrates one of the major flaws in politics. This identity flaw has several buds from the common root. First, there is the premise that a group will vote based on group-think associated with an identity characteristic (race, gender, or nationality.) Second, there is the cynical effort to pander to a group based solely on an identity characteristic. Third, there is the devious effort to smear a candidate or a group based on a perceived or fabricated slight to all of a certain identity characteristic.
The premise of the article by Obamost staff writers Paul Kane and Perry Bacon, Jr. is that Hispanic voters will base future support on the current level of support of a Hispanic nominee for Supreme Court Justice (based solely on her Hispanic identity characteristic.) Imagine if that were true in more than a minority of cases. At least if it were, slick political salesmen could have their way with the electorate and be completely devoid of any substance. (I know I just described Our illustrious, Dear Reader, but I cling to hope that a group will not blindly vote based on identity characteristic group-think.)
Most Senate Republicans say opposition to Sotomayor is a principled stand based on the belief that her public speeches reveal a personal bias in her judicial philosophy. Republicans have cited her views on Second Amendment cases, speeches she has given during her time as a federal judge and a key ruling on affirmative action -- all issues that are of sharp interest to conservative-base voters.
But some senators and Republican strategists worry that efforts to shore up support from conservative voters who dominate the GOP primaries could become a missed opportunity to extend an olive branch to Latino voters, who gave just 31 percent of their ballots to McCain last fall.
Let's see, insult conservatives as bigots - check, perpetuate the notion that Latinos vote solely on identity characteristics - check... dismiss principle as a motive - check. Odd that the Obamost paint conservatives who oppose Sotomayor as bigots when it is her own displayed bigotry that raises some red flags.
This article isn't just about bashing Republicans, nay, nay, it is also about finding a couple of useful idiot Republicans to help make the case against conservatives. The first of these tools is Lionel Sosa whose specialty is identity politics.
"Latinos see her as a symbol of Hispanic leadership in America," said Lionel Sosa, a Latino political strategist who has advised several presidential candidates on Hispanic outreach, including McCain. "If they vote against Sotomayor, it's a vote against Hispanic leadership in America. That's the way Latino voters will see it."
The second tool is a man who is completely comfortable in the role, South Carolina's polar opposite to their decent senator (Jim DeMint), Senator Lindsey Graham.
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), one of the six Republicans who has said he will support Sotomayor, said the Supreme Court confirmation process had become akin to "Mideast politics," with the minority invariably opposed to the president's nominee as a way to appease its base.
"You're seeing what I'm afraid is the going to be the future. It's Mideast politics, and Mideast politics, when it comes to judging, will not serve the judiciary well in the long run," Graham said.
What kind of idiot does not realize that an appointment to the Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment? What kind of political hack doesn't realize the power that has been incrementally grabbed by the Supreme Court? Paging Senator Graham, your head is ready to be picked up in your hindquarters.
Grahamnesty must have realized John McCain isn't going to run for the presidency again, because McCain opposes Sotomayor and Graham supports her anyway. I didn't think it was possible for Grahamnesty to take a position opposing McCain's. It is unfortunate that the voters of South Carolina seem schizophrenic, but I guess their .500 batting average is better than the goose egg we continually lay in Illinois.