The GOP is pissed the NRA isn’t jumping in head first battling, taking the position:
But a spokesman for the organization said itâ€™s staying on the sidelines for now.
â€œRight now we have a lot of concerns and questions and we hope to have those addressed during the confirmation hearing and throughout the process,â€ said Andrew Arulanandam, an NRA spokesman. â€œAs far as our actions, we reserve the right to do anything based on what we find out.
â€œAll options are on the table,â€ he added. â€œAs we speak today, weâ€™re waiting for the confirmation process. A research team is looking into her record on our issue.â€
No doubt they are also going to be taking a close look at the possible alternatives that would come behind Sotomayor if she is rejected by the Senate.Â Jim Shepherd thinks she ought to be fought:
Fresh off the win for concealed carry in federal parks, it seems the pro-gun groups are content to take the short-term victory, and let what looks like a losing battle pass without any pushback whatsoever on Judge Sotomayor. This is despite the fact that she has consistently been anti-gun in her decisions. Even in a decidedly thin body of work, her position on firearms has been clear – she’s again’ em for “average folks”
I am not sure Sotomayor is the worst we could get.Â She is a political choice, meaning she’s intended to please constituencies in the Democratic Party.Â From the point of view of left-wing legal theory, there are greater legal minds Obama could have picked for the seat, even if it was his intention to nominate a woman.Â There’s no doubt in my mind that Sotomayor will be a reliable leftist vote on the court, but I don’t think she’ll be an intellectual leader, in the way Justice Stevens has been for example.
My worry in scuttling Sotomayor is what’s behind her, waiting in the wings if she’s not confirmed.Â Given that, I think caution is prudent.Â The best we could hope to get out of this administration is that Obama digs up someone who hasn’t said much or anything about the Second Amendment, and they say the right things during the confirmation process.Â Â That, however, is no guarantee they’ll be a pro-gun vote on The Court.Â In the philosophy of the left-wing legal establishment, there is no room for an individual right to bear arms.Â That cuts to the heart their very collectivist core.Â For that reason, I don’t believe we will get a pro-gun Justice out of President Obama, no matter what we do.
The key to saving the Heller majority is ensuring that Barack Obama is a one term president, and I don’t care if that means I have to vote and volunteer for Mitt “The Sh*t” Romney.Â When the greater evil is an unashamed socialist, any lesser one will do.
UPDATE: See this article by Patrick Ruffini.Â I think he makes a good case for fighting her nomination, but correctly points out:
Supreme Court fights are inherently elite D.C. fights. Don’t expect voters, even Latino voters, to passionately engage. Most people correctly perceive the Court as being far removed and even irrelevant to their daily life and whether they will keep their job — and that’s as it should be. Has there ever been a mass movement for or against a Court nominee, even a Thurgood Marshall, a Sandra Day O’Connor, or a Clarence Thomas?
I think that’s actually a significant problem for the pro-gun movement, with these kinds of nomination fights.Â Getting the grass roots fired up (and no, a handful of people on the Internet does not constitute the grass roots.Â People who read blogs, forums, etc, actually tend to be more in the “elite” crowd discussed here.) is a particular problem.Â Also keep in mind that Ruffini is speaking from a GOP point of view, and I’m speaking as a single issue activist that has to work with Democrats to survive in this Congress.Â I agree with Ruffini that the GOP, and gun rights folks, can’t just roll over on Sotomayor’s record, but at the end of the day, there’s other considerations as to whether arms get twisted on the eventual vote.