Sotomayor's Rope-A-Dope Strategy Looks Familiar
Nominee gives little insight into her true feelings on controversial issues
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2009 3:00 PM CDT
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, questions Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor today.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – As Sonia Sotomayor’s question-and-answer session with the Senate Judiciary Committee continues today, the Supreme Court nominee is deploying a familiar strategy, Andrew Cohen writes for CBS News. It's the Rope-a-Dope, much like the one used by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Roberts, and Samuel Alito in their confirmation hearings. Simply put: She’s being evasive, cleverly declining to answer any question that touches controversial issues.

“She’s got the votes and doesn’t really have to convince anyone who is not already convinced she should get the job,” Cohen notes—so why rock any boats? Oddly enough, while giving the cold shoulder to committee Democrats, Sotomayor has provided the most thorough answers to her political antagonists, be it Jeff Sessions on the “wise Latina” comment or Orrin Hatch on the Ricci firefighters case.

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Jul 15, 2009 12:44 PM CDT
Anyone see how righteous Sen. Jeff Sessions was in hi questions? It's hilarious when you consider how he was bounced when confronted about his statements the Ku Klux Klan and the NAACP
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