The consequences of Hispanic bashing aka the “illegal immigrant issue” was that many Republicans felt unable to vote against Sotomayor.
The Dems literally put the GOP in a box. No matter what was said, Republicans APPEARED racist with a no vote.
But what about Miguel Estrada? Surely HIS nomination shows Republicans have no problem with Hispanics right? Unfortunately the American public has a notoriously short memory AND the Dems played his nomination right.
To be fair, the Republicans ALSO tried to dismiss the racial background and gender of the Sotomayor, but they were up against a long history of “progressive” vs. conservative…and the last 3 years of vitriolic ranting against the illegals to the South, not anywhere else (and sometimes not necessarily illegal, just Mexicans period.) put any opposition in the no win catagory.
Saying all of that, let me say that I am actually proud of those Republicans who DID vote “no” against Sotomayor. Yes, I know that a good many of them voted that way to keep their conservative base happy. Still, it takes some courage to face a battle you cannot win and take a hit for those who stupidly helped the Dems form and use the race card to include Hispanics.
If I was one of those minority senators, I would have made this little speech:
I refuse to vote for Judge Sotomayor because she is a Hispanic or because she is a woman because I am neither a racist or a sexist. I am charged with confirming a nominee to the highest judiciary court in the nation, one whose opinions will touch the rights and lives of every American. I vote “no” because the evidence presented to me has shown Judge Sotomayor to be a judiciary activist and I believe that confirming her would harm the constitution we have all promised to uphold.
Then I would have gone home, had a couple of drinks, and then prayed to God that the next time the Dems play the race card, it is negated by a Black president who’s ratings are in the tank.