Boy, there were a LOT of "interesting" stories following the announcement of the nomination of liberal activist judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. Just reading the headlines of stories showed how well liberals have their game down.
Step 1 was to find a sufficiently liberal and activist judge to nominate.
Step 2 was to find one that conservatives might be hard-pressed to criticize. In this case, they chose one who is both a woman and a minority.
Step 3 is to have your willing accomplises in the media frame the narrative of news coverage in such a way that any less than fawning commentary will be construed as a vicious racist and sexist attack on a humble, up-by-her-bootstraps minority woman.
Here's a sampling of some story headlines I noticed this week:
- An Easy Choice: Souter with a Salsa Beat - Ruth Marcus, Washington Post
- Attacking Sotomayor as Too Darn Human - Dahlia Lithwick, Slate
- GOP Risks Losing Hispanics - Adam Nagourney, New York Times
- Sonia Sotomayor: A Justice Like No Other - Richard Lacayo, Time
- Diversity Helps Ensure Justice - William Marshall, Kansas City Star
Notwithstanding the fact that Pres. Bush had a number of high-level Hispanics in his administration (Alberto Gonzalez White House Counsel, and later Attorney General, Sect. of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, HUD Sect. Mel Martinez), 67% of Hispanics - 2/3rds -- voted for Obama. This I suspect is due to successful efforts by liberals and the media to caste Republicans as anti-minorty and anti-immigrant. Notwithstanding the fact that this is another untruth, the fact is that it is widely accepted.
However, it begs the question: Republicans don't "risk" losing Hispanics by leveling legitimate criticism of Sotomayor. They don't have them to lose.