"While you've seen these sort of strident comments" from commentators and other Republicans who aren't now in office, "you've not heard a single strongly negative comment from any of the Republican senators" about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, a top Democrat just told All Things Considered co-host Melissa Block.
And, said Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, he thinks it's because "they realize that judge Sotomayor is a very formidable candidate ... and that to vote against her they'd have to have a pretty strong reason."
Earlier, Melissa spoke with Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas. He has some reservations about Sotomayor, but also strongly condemned some of the harsh comments that have been made about her by radio host Rush Limbaugh and former House speaker Newt Gingrich.
Melissa's interviews with Cornyn, and Schumer are due to air on today's ATC. Click here to find an NPR station near you.
An aside that's kind of relevant: Hearing Schumer refer to Sotomayor as a "formidable candidate" makes us think of Stephen Colbert and his "formidable opponent" -- Stephen Colbert. Would he be a formidable opponent for Sotomayor?