Republicans aren’t just the party of “no” they are a one-note party. Like a dog with a bone they find an issue, sometimes just a word, and chew on it until it fits the contours of their ideological mindset. So it is with the word “empathy”, and a Sotomayor statement about the judgment of a “wise Latina woman” vs. a white male. Partisans think they have hit the mother-lode of ways to thwart her confirmation, calling her a racist and discounting the mostly non-controversial nature of her rulings after decades on the bench.

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