Wondering why Republicans have increasingly come out against Sotomayor during the past few days, despite the possible effect their opposition could have on Latino voters’ impressions of them? Wonder no more:
The decision on how to vote on her confirmation was made more difficult in recent days for some Republicans and Democrats from conservative-leaning battleground states after the National Rifle Association, which has a loyal and politically active base of members, announced that a vote to confirm Sotomayor would count against senators in the group’s annual candidate ratings. The NRA calls Sotomayor “hostile” to the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
Since the NRA’s threat, no Republican or conservative Democrat has come out publicly to support Sotomayor.
Concerns about race and perception, however powerful and exploited by both sides, all the time, are no match for the NRA.