On The Room for Debate blog, Professor Pitney says that the thinking that Republicans will pay a political price for voting against Sotomayor is faulty. I couldn't agree more. He writes that
Meanwhile CQ Politics mentions how Senator Coryn has been talking up Carly Fiorina over our CMC alum, Chuck DeVore."It is especially hard to identify senators who got into trouble for casting protest votes against a nominee who was going to win anyway. . . . Republican candidates have performed poorly among Hispanic voters and often lag with women as well. But their future performance among these groups will hinge on other issues. The Sotomayor nomination will make little difference."
I don't know why Republican leaders feel the need to weigh in on every party battle before the first ads are even aired. Gentlemen, slow down. There's a lot that can happen between now and Election Day in 2010.