“Kos: Republicans appear to be heeding Buchanan’s advice, more concerned about placating their shrinking regional white male base than in expanding their tent. Some Republicans are even concerned about that.” With Senator Schumer set to drop immigration reform legislation by Labor Day, as he says, the GOP will have the biggest opportunity in the forseeable future to repair — or further damn– their brand with Latino voters, who overwhelmingly consider immigration reform to be an issue of both great political and personal importance.

In a press release, ALIPAC, a vocal anti-immigrant advocacy group, takes a stab at Sotomayor’s membership in NCLR (National Council of La Raza), a mainstream Hispanic equivalent to the NAACP. So, apologies to the Center for Immigration Studies, but its head Mark Krikorian no longer wins the award for most absurd line of attack on the President’s Supreme Court nominee. Nope, William Gheen clearly distinguishes himself there.

Three videos to watch from today’s hearing and a bonus (action) video from our friends at Presente.org. First, a clip of Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), who speaks during the opening day of Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing. Before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he challenges the popular Republican theme that a 2001 speech that Sotomayor gave on handling issues of race and gender make her a ‘reverse racist’– Watch the video.

Today kicks of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor. In question is whether Sotomayor has what it takes to become the 111th Supreme Court Justice of the United States, as well as the first Hispanic and third female to serve in the nation’s highest court of law. Stay tuned to watch it live right here.

In case you missed it, the race-based attacks on Presiden’t Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, got very, very ugly last week. NYT: “Some of Judge Sotomayor’s detractors seem uncomfortable with her Puerto Rican heritage. Tom Tancredo, a former Republican congressman, raged about her ties to the National Council of La Raza, calling it, absurdly, a “Latino K.K.K.” A writer on the National Review Web site fretted that the accent on the final syllable of Sotomayor might mean she is insufficiently assimilated.”

Earlier today we asked, “Will Washington Republicans Repudiate Race-based Attacks on Sotomayor?” While Tancredo has come out swinging again, even refusing to apologize on CNN, NCLR is going on the offense. They are demanding that Republican Party leadership say “enough is enough.” Sign the petition! Take a stand against the politics of division and fear.

It’s clear that immigration hardliners just can’t seem to stop attacking Judge Sotomayor, the President’s nominee for the highest court in the United States, on race. Tancredo calls the President’s nominee a “racist” and the largest latino civil rights organization in the United States, NCLR, a quote-unquote: “Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses.” What’s not clear is how these absurd and incendiary remarks help their cause one bit.

Weekly feature by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger: “On Tuesday, President Obama announced Sonia Sotomayor as his pick to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Sotomayor could be the first Latina appointed to the Supreme Court. Predictably, attacks and slurs from the Right are already flying. Regardless, Sotomayor would be an excellent choice for the Supreme Court, signaling to Latino/as that the White House is aware of our need for more representation in government.”

In the wake of divisive immigration wedge politics that left the GOP abandoned by Latino voters, cooler heads within the Party have called for a ceasefire and for more and better Hispanic outreach. Well, enter the Sotomayor debate: “Anything in this must-see Latino political event resembling the anti-immigrant rhetoric that has been Sessions’ trademark will cost his party for years to come. Such concerns about GOP leaders among Latinos, who are only beginning to realize their enormous political potential, pose a gigantic dilemma to a Republican Party that must make inroads among Latino voters if it is to have a political future.”