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Newsweek’s Howard Fineman said the new acronym for the Republican National Committee (RNC) should stand for Rush, Newt, Cheney, since they seem to be the only voice the party is listening to these days. Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich have already started calling the new Supreme Court nominee a racist. Tom Tancredo and Glen Beck have joined in. Lynne Cheney criticizes the nominee for undermining the rule of law. In this case, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree, because she apparently forgot and all of her father’s undermining. This is just day 2, wait until the confirmation hearings start.

This morning I looked over about 30 of Sotemayor’s cases and I cannot see where the social conservatives get the idea that she is a liberal activist. Of course the conservatives forget that Antonin Scalia is a right wing conservative, that legislates from the bench. Justice Scalia went on a hunting trip with Dick Cheney, while Cheney had a case pending before the Supreme Court. Scalia refused to recuse himself.

The president may have backed the GOP senators into a corner, because if they vote for Sonia Sotomayor ; their base will vilify them, and and if their challenge is seen as mean spirited , then the independents, women, and the remaining Hispanics will not vote for them. The senators are relatively quiet right now. I sort of agree with Karl Rove, because he said that graduating from an Ivy League school (he didn’t), did not mean you were smart. I have been saying that for eight years. Karl left out some minor details, Sotomayor graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude.

The darling of the conservatives, General Petraeus, agreed that Guantanamo Bay is a recruiting tool for today’s terrorist and it should be closed as soon as possible. Will the GOP base throw him under the bus like they did Colin Powell? Even right wing conservative talk show host Eric “Mancow” Muller admitted that his 12 seconds of being water boarded; was indeed torture. Sean Hannity was not convinced but what does he know, he backed out of its pledge to be water boarded for charity. Keith Olbermann's pledge of $1000 for every second that Hannity withstood; eventually went to Mancow. Hannity became inconsequential.

The Houston Rockets are out of the playoffs and the Astros are struggling, so watching the conservatives dig deeper and deeper is the only sport I am left with.