Judge Sonia Sotomayor will be confirmed. So what is it with all the repetitive questioning about race, guns, abortion, etc.? It is, the NY Times writes, about making it hard for Obama to ever appoint a real liberal to the court. Cowardly Democrats never thought of such an exercise during the Bush reign. Instead, they rushed (led by Sen. Pryor) to forge "compromises" that allowed confirmation of hard-right justices now re-writing law like the activists they always intended to be.
But a cable commentator made another good point last night on this issue. The high-profile demonization of Sotomayor is also clearly about reinforcing public fears about the swarthy guy who occupies the Oval Office and his supposed millitancy and sympathy for violent anarchists and wacko liberal causes.