Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tuesday's trackings

"President Barack Obama on Tuesday declined to predict how high unemployment will climb but made clear he expects it to keep worsening for a while as hiring lags behind other signs of economic recovery. "How employment numbers are going to respond is not year clear," the president said on a day when he was headed to Michigan, home of a particularly battered economy. "My expectation is that we will probably continue to see unemployment tick up for several months."

I see Sonia Sotomayor in her confirmation hearings is backing away from "wise Latina" remark as fast as she can.
Now she's claiming it was just a rhetorical device gone "awry" and says she has no bias. Perhaps. In any case, we conservatives can be proud of the fact that the pressure we put on helped get Ms. Sotomayor to run away from that position as fast as she could, and reminded people that claiming special insights on the basis of one's race or ethnicity...is racist. Whether it's done by whites...or by others.

In New Jersey, Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie continues to lead Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine--and now by 12 points.

Dan Balz of the Washington Post repeats what must have been stated by mainstream media types umpteen million times already in the past few months, that Republicans must "walk a fine line" during the Sotomayor hearings:
"That hardly diminishes what is at stake as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee turn to questioning Sotomayor. Republicans have the greater burden this week. They must tread carefully, balancing their desire to use the hearings to frame a debate over legal philosophies that their constituents want to see with their concern that they do nothing to show insensitivity or disrespect toward the fastest-growing minority group in the country."
Don't these guys get tired of repeating these mantras?
And here's a question--who really believes that in 2010 or 2012 voters will seriously be standing in voting booths casting ballots based on what happened in a confirmation hearing way back in July '09? Average people, who don't follow politics nearly as much or as closely as do all the beltway types, just don't have those kinds of memories...

Baseball is at its all-star break, so no baseball diary today. But we'll try to write about the all-star game in a day or two...