This Daily News piece is so poignant I've even ripped off the title to an extent; it's just a spot-on analysis of the lurching the GOP does on practically every issue, and in this case on the Sonay Sotomayor Supreme Court nomination.
The right-wing reaction to Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court was as swift, as it was scattershot, encompassing, it would seem, all 7 stages of grief.
SHOCK AND DENIAL
MSNBC political analyst Pat Buchanan said the Yale Law grad was "not that intelligent."
ANGER AND BARGAINING
Conservative shock jock Rush Limbaugh predictably pulled no punches.
He called Sotomayor a "horrible choice" and "a racist ... or reverse racist," because she once used controversial words to show how she used her mind and ethnic upbringing to climb from the South Bronx projects to the courts.
Limbaugh was outraged by this comment from a 2001 speech:
"I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life," Sotomayor said.
DEPRESSION, REFLECTION, LONELINESS
Meanwhile, GOP head Michael Steele urged caution.
"You want to be careful," he told CNN Radio on Tuesday, saying the party has to be mindful of potentially alienating hispanics, an important votic bloc. "You don't want to be perceived as a bully."
THE UPWARD TURN
Conservative critics predicted she would face a grilling over a one-paragraph ruling she and two other judges on the 2nd Circuit issued last year.
She backed the City of New Haven for tossing a fire department test for promotions after too few minority-group members participated - a decision being reviewed by the Supreme Court.
RECONSTRUCTION AND WORKING THROUGH
Although hard-right critics and anti-abortion groups quickly voiced their displeasure with Obama's choice to replace retiring Associate Justice David Souter, initial signals from Senate Republicans suggest they have no serious beef with Sotomayor.
Other than procedural griping, there was no strong criticism from GOP senators. "We must determine if Ms. Sotomayor understands that the proper role of a judge is to act as a neutral umpire of the law, calling balls and strikes fairly without regard to one's own personal preferences or political views," said Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee.
The blowback in the Senate was more over the timing of confirmation hearings.
Republicans want at least 70 days to vet Sotomayor - which would push the hearings into the fall. Obama wants confirmation hearings to begin before lawmakers take their August recess.
The right is out of control, and the conservative political machine is nothing more than a broken-down wreck of its former self. Once the GOP was removed from power they've never adapted and risen to a constructive, bipartisan role - and now the right wing media machine is just a broken record of Michelle Malkin and Rush Limbaugh spew coupled with the stumbling ineptitude of the GOP leadership repeating 'NO, NO, NO"...
It's been an amazing disintegration, and the 7 stages of grief over Sotomayor is yet another shining example of that.
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