The Wise Arkansan
It seemed like every time I checked in with the Supreme Court confirmation hearings throughout the day today, senators were still discussing the relative threat of Judge Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” comment to the underpinnings of our legal system.  Republicans are admittedly in the difficult position of needing to be tough enough on Sotomayor to appease unhappy conservatives, while also trying to avoid alienating women and Hispanics. I don’t yet know how their performance played with the latter two groups, but I can tell you from my sampling of talk radio today that Republicans on the committee aren’t exactly winning a lot of kudos from the base of the party.
One man who is working hard to earn conservative kudos, however, is former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Amidst the “wise Latina” hullabaloo, you may have missed this little item from First Read. The website reports that Huckabee is polling the potential for fundraising to support a pro-life ad campaign against Sotomayor’s confirmation. And, he is doing so in…Iowa. With a win in the 2008 Iowa Caucus under his belt, Huckabee no doubt views the socially conservative Republican electorate in Iowa as his people, so what better place to show that he is trying to have a national impact on their behalf prior to 2012. We’ll have to wait and see whether an actual anti-Sotomayor campaign materializes later in the summer from this initial polling, but talk about thinking ahead!

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