SUPREME COURT

GOP's Plan of Attack

Conservatives are scrambling to form a plan to oppose Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor but are worried opposing the first Latina justice would be tantamount to political suicide. Rush Limbaugh called her a “reverse racist” joining the ranks of outraged conservative advocacy groups, but many GOP Senators are staying mute, concerned that Republicans need to appear welcoming in order to gain back Hispanic votes lost over their hard line in the immigration debate. "Republicans are in a very awkward position," said one Hispanic GOP strategist. Opposing Sotomayor "would be one more nail in the Republicans' image coffin in terms of Latino voters," a Republican ad-maker said. While more than 40 percent of Latinos voted for Bush five years ago, less than a third cast their vote for McCain. Republican Senator John Cornyn told reporters Sotomayor offered a "compelling American success story and something that we can all admire and respect about our country."