The ghost of President George H. W. Bush and the moderate wing of the GOP is about to come back and bite the more conservative GOP base in the proverbial "butt."
Once again the new young president (Mr. Obama) has made a brilliant political choice by picking Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his 1st Supreme Court Nominee. How so?
It's simple: Bush '41 choose both Souter and Sotomayor during his term as president from 1989-1992. By replacing Souter with Sotomayor Obama keeps the balance of the court exactly the same, but he adds some "color" and another "female" voice to the Court's balance. How do Republicans effectively attack a nominee that a Republican President first placed on the federal bench?
The Republican minority can carp, whine, and wince if they like but this one is done folks. The GOP must be very careful with how they handle this nomination because Sotomayor is a woman of color, and a Hispanic. The GOP is already alienated from America's diverse populations. Blacks voted 96% for Obama and Hispanics 67% in the 2008 election. Any move by conservatives to attack her nomination will be played by the media as racist and sexist. The GOP simply cannot afford this now.
My guess is that the GOP will make the usual protestations and they will think carefully about how they handle the controversial firefighter "reverse discrimination" case where Sotomayor ruled in favor of the City. Does the GOP want to pick a fight on so-called cultural issues like "affirmative action"?
Only time will tell, but my guess is to do so only further alienates Republicans from the mainstream views of the American public.
All in all, this was a good pick by the president and his nominee will be confirmed with little pushback from the GOP.