It's time for Republicans to stop fighting the last war, and stop fighting among themselves, because President Obama has shown the Republican Party the path out of the political wilderness: Empathy.
With the appointment of Sonya Sotomayor, (all together now) the first latino nominated to the High Court, or more to the point, with Obama's rationale for the selection of Judge Sotomayor, the President has shown Republicans the key to redeeming their political fortunes. Obama says that Sotomayor is right for the Supreme Court, not because she will uphold the laws enacted by the People's elected Representatives, but because she has empathy -- not just any old empathy, mind you, but empathy with all the correct designated victim groups, women, people of color, diabetics, and the downtrodden and disadvantaged in general.
With 59 empathetic Democrats in the majority, Sotomayor's confirmation by the U.S. Senate is almost a foregone conclusion. So, what can the GOP learn from this? In 2010 there will be elections for the U.S. House and Senate, and for many State and Local Offices, and in 2012 all that plus a Presidential election. In an election, voters cast ballots, and those ballots must be counted by . . . that's right, JUDGES.
Now, in the bad old days of racism, sexism, capitalism, bigotry, homophobia, and general all-around American unfairness, mean old non-empathetic Judges were expected to apply the law with impartiality, showing no favoritism to any party before the court. But in The Age of Obama, the bad old days are just a bad memory, so now Judges are in the business of helping some people get even with other people, by looking at the law empathetically, and looking as hard and as empathetically as necessary to make the law come down on the side of the underdog. It's all so much fairer this way.
So, who is a bigger underdog today than Republicans? Instead of an internecine bloodletting, what the Republican Party needs is a united recruitment drive for empathetic Election Judges -- Judges who understand what it feels like to lose an election, judges whose life experience lets them bring a point of view to counting the ballots that will lead to wiser vote totals, than if they just counted the ballots the old-fashioned, theoretical 2+2=4 way.
I'd say those kind of empathetic Judges could help downtrodden Republicans get even in 2010 and even get even in 2012 against President Empathy himself.