The new poll by the non-partisan firm Research 2000 for Daily Kos strongly suggests that the two main right-wing talking points about Sonia Sotomayor are a bust.
First, on the claim, echoed by many mainstream conservatives and GOPers, that Obama’s call for “empathy” in a judge is a cause for concern:
Do you think empathy is an important characteristic for a Supreme Court Justice to possess or not?
Not sure 19%
…and then, on the claim by Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich (who subsequently retracted it) and others on the right that Sotomayor is a “racist”:
Based on what you know or have heard about Sonia Sotomayor do you think she is a racist?
Kinda makes E.J. Dionne look silly doesn't it?