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NRA gambles and loses

The National Rifle Association weighs in on all kinds of legislation and rates lawmakers on their votes. But they have never made an issue of a Supreme Court nominee–until now.

The National Rifle Association’s threat to punish senators who vote for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has been met with a shrug by Democrats from conservative-leaning states and some Republicans who are breaking with their party to support her.

The gun-rights group is used to getting its way by spooking lawmakers about the political consequences of defying its wishes. But it never before has weighed in on a Supreme Court confirmation battle. It was cautious about breaking that pattern, and it looks like a losing fight to defeat President Barack Obama’s first pick for the court.

Does this mean that lawmakers have decided not to be bullied by gun lobbyists? Or maybe they finally realize only a very small number of their constituents really give a damn what the NRA says.



Obama nominates Sotomayor for Supreme Court

sotomayorI know very little about Justice Sonia Sotomayor, but we will certainly be hearing a great deal from the right-wing noise machine in the coming days. They are already calling her an “activist” judge. No surprise. Here’s just a bit of what is in the news today:

Judge Sotomayor has sat for the last 11 years on the federal appeals bench in Manhattan. As the top federal appeals court in the nation’s commercial center, the court is known in particular for its expertise in corporate and securities law. For six years before that, she was a federal district judge in New York.

In what may be her best-known ruling, Judge Sotomayor issued an injunction against major league baseball owners in April 1995, effectively ending a baseball strike of nearly eight months, the longest work stoppage in professional sports history, which had led to the cancellation of the World Series for the first time in 90 years.



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