Sometimes my ascribing a brilliant chess move to one of Obama's actions is just wishful thinking...other times it really seems to be true.
I barely mentioned the whole "empathetic judge" thing, but it appears to be a perfect example of Obama handing the Republicans just enough rope.
Today Obama officially announced his nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court Justice. An inspired pick, in my hasty opinion, but the Obama set his trap for just such a nomination.
Watch as the loudmouth wing of the Republican party cranks up the Empathy Offensive and drives the few remaining rational women from their ranks by portraying women as too emotional to serve on the Supreme Court.
UPDATE: Sullivan gathers the reactions from all sides.
UPDATE 2: And that isn't even considering the optics of guys like Jeff Sessions laying into the nominee—completely devastaing any inroads Bush made into the Hispanic community. Obama already boasts 85% approval among Latinos—it'll be 100% by years' end.
*Just because I haven't seen the new Star Trek is no reason for you to doubt my creds.