In watching the republicans sharpen their knives for the conformation of Supreme Court candidate Sotomayor it's wonderful watching them set up to shoot themselves in the foot. Let's go down the qualifications and see where they could hang their hats. Think of the whole process like a jury trial. The republicans representing the prosecution with the democrats acting as defense and the American voter acting as the jury sets the stage.
Education - She graduated from high school valadictorian Cardinal Spellman High School
Her B.A. was from Princeton summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kapa the highest honors a student can get
Her law degree was from Yale where she was the editor of Yale Law Journal 1979
Career - Hired right out of law school as Assistant District Attorney New York County 1979
Entered private parctice 1984 doing intellectual property litigation
Appointed New York Mortgage Agency 1987 and Legal Defense Fund and Childbirth Connection
Nominated by George H.W. Bush for U.S. District Court Southern New York 1992
Nominated to the Court of Appeals her present position 1998
So what complaints are we hearing from the republicans? That she's a woman. Did they forget O'Connor and Ginsberg? That she's a Latino? And Alito isn't? That she's not smart enough (I almost choked when I heard that one) Maybe they could bother to look up summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kapa. I can hear it now. Isn't that Phi Beta Kapa that greek fraternity where they had wild keggers?
So in their brilliance and their insistance that they want to expand the republican party they will succeed in alienating women, Latinos and anyone with above average intelligence.