Just last week, I wrote trustingly of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's record of coming through for women and voting from the "right" (intentions), rather than with the right (wing). That article had only been up briefly when a new message popped in from a fellow Texan, including a press release from TDP Press.
Sotomayor's confirmation is essential for women. We need another woman on the Supreme Court. We need another woman in a high position. Women in high positions tend to work for the good of other women, as Hutchison herself said. Hopefully Hutchison will, as Senator Dick Lugar has, see that Judge Sonia Sotomayor is a solid nominee for Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Lugar said, "I have listened to the testimony of Judge Sonia Sotomayor before the Senate Judiciary Committee, carefully reviewed her public service record, and reviewed recommendations from Indiana constituents and colleagues here in the Senate. Judge Sotomayor is clearly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court and she has demonstrated a judicial temperament during her week-long nomination hearing. Judge Sotomayor has had a distinguished career of public service. She is well regarded in the legal community and by her peers. I will vote to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States."
Stand by your woman, Senator Hutchison, not only because she is a woman, but because she is an eminently qualified candidate, and truly the best statement you can make about yourself -- as a Senator and a candidate for Governor -- is that constituents (aka voters) can rely on you to use your best judgment, not follow the party line.
I guess that is the problem Kay will encounter if she votes against Sotomayor. A lot of Hispanic people and a lot of women might feel betrayed... but how many of them were really going to vote in the Republican primary anyway?