The Wise Latina, Confirmed

A heated debate comes to a quiet but bitter end, with a warning to the GOP from the nation's largest Hispanic advocacy group.

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The day after her confirmation, a sometime ugly debate about Judge Sonia Sotomayor has quieted considerably, but its tone hasn't cooled off one bit. Even as some cautioned against rhetoric that could be seen as anti-Hispanic, some conservatives made their displeasure known by decrying the politics of racial identity and affirmative action one more time. And the president of La Raza, the nation's largest Hispanic advocacy organization, issued an ominous warning to Republicans who voted against Sotomayor using racial rhetoric: Your vote will be remembered.

  • Your Vote Will Be Remembered  In the Washington Times, Janet Murguia, the president of the National Council of La Raza, said Sotomayor's confirmation "is a big moment for the Latino community. We are united on this, and we are paying attention." Murguia said the GOP is wrong if it thinks there's no downside to casting a vote against her. "I have to say, if that's your contribution to this historic moment, frankly, we expected more. Much more."
  • Democrats Were Worse  The Wall Street Journal says it "can’t help but contrast her treatment with the way Democrats smeared and filibustered appellate-court nominee Miguel Estrada in 2001," when a Bush nomination was smothered to death by Democrats. Standing firm regarding one of the debate's most prominent points, The Journal once again bemoaned Sotomayor's "behavior" in the Ricci v. deStefano case.
  • Predicting Republican Vindication  Kathryn Jean-Lopez of the National Review said talk that Senate Republicans will be punished by Hispanics for voting "no" on Sotomayor is ridiculous: "Democratic demagogues are vilely contending that opposition to Sotomayor is anti-Hispanic. We have much higher regard for the intelligence of Hispanic voters than those demagogues evidently do."
  • The Worst of Racial Politics  In The Washington Times, Ilya Shapiro said the confirmation of Sotomayor was proof that the American dream endures, despite the fact that "she would not have been considered had she not been a Hispanic woman." He said the seat should be Miguel Estrada's.
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