As my colleague Eric Kleefeld and I have been documenting this, there’s a real split on the right between elected officials, particularly in the Senate, who have jobs to keep, and radical figureheads in the conservative movement who want to push the Republican party closer to the fringe. Sotomayor’s nomination has unveiled, and widened, that divide. On one side of it, are conservative Republicans like Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). And on the other, are people like G. Gordon Liddy, who took to the radio yesterday with this sentiment, “Let’s hope that the key conferences aren’t when [Sotomayor]’s menstruating or something, or just before she’s going to menstruate. That would really be bad. Lord knows what we would get then.”
He also said she–an American born New Yorker whose parents came from the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico–“is a member of La Raza, which means in illegal alien, ‘the race.'”
This comes via ThinkProgress.
Earlier today, key Sotomayor opponent Wendy Long, who’s never gone that far in her criticisms, was positively gobsmacked about the fact that Sotomayor’s nomination has touched off an argument about race and identity politics. She was not immediately available for comment, but we’ve left a message with the Judicial Confirmation Network, and we’ll let you know if she gets back to us.