The GOP Talking Points On Sotomayor

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Oops. The Republican National Committee prepared a detailed set of talking points for key Republicans to use regarding the Sotomayor nomination — and then accidentally sent it to the media.

On the one hand, the talking points say to put up an initially fair-minded neutral approach: “Until we have a full view of the facts and comprehensive understanding of Judge Sotomayor’s record, Republicans will avoid partisanship and knee-jerk judgments – which is in stark contrast to how the Democrats responded to the Judge Roberts and Alito nominations.”

On the other hand, the talking points go on to lay out some clear lines of attack:

• Liberal ideology, not legal qualification, is likely to guide the president’s choice of judicial nominees.

• Justice Souter’s retirement could move the Court to the left and provide a critical fifth vote for:

• Further eroding the rights of the unborn and property owners;

• Imposing a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage;

• Stripping “under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance and completely secularizing the public square;

• Abolishing the death penalty;

• Judicial micromanagement of the government’s war powers.

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