Republicans enjoy none of those advantages. Women will want a woman on the Supreme Court. Hispanics will want an Hispanic on the court. Liberals will want a liberal on the court. Add to that, GOP members of the Senate do not have the ear of the popular press these days and so they will likely be portrayed as being anti-woman, anti-Hispanic, and they are already anti-liberal.
In the end, this will be, as Shakespeare wrote, a tale "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
When the Supreme Court opens for business on the first Monday in October, I will be surprised if Justice Sotomayor is not among the nine members taking their seats.
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