(Democratic insiders, for their part, had the same reaction, by a margin of 89 percent to 8 percent.)
A few telling responses, collected by NJ, reflect the fear that opposing Sotomayor would alienate Hispanics:
"Demographics 101: Don't pick another fight that appears anti-Hispanic."
"Don't rain on big Latino parades, especially when the outcome is already certain."
"It would be lunacy. Woman; Latina: two groups the GOP needs to court."
See a list of the 120 respondents, many of them political strategists, at nationaljournal.com.