The strategy should be played out on at least three fronts. The first front should be her rulings, several of which have been reversed by the Supreme Court. These rulings are fair game.
Republicans should expose Judge Sotomayor's liberalism, as revealed in cases like Ricci v. DeStefano in which white male New Haven firefighters, denied promotion after an exam because no African Americans qualified for advancement after taking the test, filed a discrimination suit when the city of New Haven threw out the exam results altogether and decided not to issue any promotions. The firefighters' suit was eventually dismissed. Sotomayor, as part of a three-judge panel hearing the case, upheld that dismissal. Even liberal Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen and Sotomayor's colleague, Judge Jose Cabranes, a Clinton appointee, expressed shock and disappointment over her ruling.
The second front should be a recitation of what the Founders had in mind when they wrote the Constitution and the benefits that come from conforming people to that document. Too many of our schools teach too little history, or falsify it. A history lesson would be good for the country. If the Constitution is treated like liberals treat the Bible, it loses its meaning, purpose and power.
The third front should focus on the hypocrisy of the left, including President Obama. There is a gold mine of quotes from liberals, like former DNC Chair Howard Dean, excoriating conservative judicial nominees. Republicans should use the quotes against those who opposed conservative candidates for the Supreme Court. During his brief time in the Senate, Obama voted against John Roberts and Samuel Alito. He acknowledged they were well qualified for the bench, but he opposed their nominations because he thought they might be conservatives.
If Senator Obama could vote that way, why shouldn't Republicans do unto him what he did unto a Republican president and vote against Sotomayor for her liberalism? At a minimum, her statements and record should receive a thorough going over.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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