On the Sensible GOP

After the election I described the Republican Party as an insect with two wings directing a small body. For many years I’ve been telling people that neither of these two wings (the ultra conservatives and the Christian Right) represents traditional Republicans as my father-in-law or my good friend Don.

Ever since the Sonia Sotomayor’s high court nomination, prominent Republican voices have attacked the nominee. Over the past several days, tempered and reasonable voices have stepped forward. Even on Sunday’s talk shows, Republican senators were either distancing themselves from divisive comments or at least tempering themselves. To go along with the previously-posted references, below are some of the quotes.

Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal columnist and author of Patriotic Grace (and this particular column is strong!)

Some, and they are idiots, look at Judge Sotomayor and say: attack, attack, kill. A conservative activist told the New York Times, “We need to brand her.” Another told me a fight is needed to excite the base.

Excite the base? How about excite a moderate, or interest an independent? How about gain the attention of people who aren’t already on your side?

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) on NPR

I think it’s terrible. This is not the kind of tone that any of us want to set when it comes to performing our constitutional responsibilities of advise and consent. Neither one of these men are elected Republican officials. I just don’t think it’s appropriate. I certainly don’t endorse it. I think it’s wrong.

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) in the LA Times

I don’t agree with that (her being a racist). And, frankly, I think it’s a little premature and early, because she hasn’t had a chance to explain some of these comments that she’s made.

Manuel Miranda, chairman of the Third Branch Conference, a conservative group, and a former senior Senate GOP aide (AP Story)

These things just taint the debate because it causes (people) to become callous toward our message. It becomes a ‘cry wolf’ situation. They’re just out to bash the nominee. This isn’t about bashing the nominee; it’s about engaging on issues.

Professor Darren Lenard Hutchinson, teacher of Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory, Law and Social Change, and Equal Protection Theory at the American University, Washington College of Law in his blog, Dissenting Justice

This blog has been very sympathetic to the GOP in order to foster open debate. I have written numerous articles criticizing liberals — even getting cited several times by Glenn Reynolds and many other conservatives. I have defended Michael Steele, George Bush, Sarah Palin, and even Rush Limbaugh from unfair criticism. But I have been unable to validate the “other side” in my response to Republican criticism of Sotomayor. Most of the popular conservative critiques of Sotomayor are inaccurate, deceitful, hypocritical, nasty, and politically suicidal.