WASHINGTON (CNN) – The head of the Republican Party wants his forces to watch their steps when it comes to Supreme Court hopeful Sonia Sotomayor.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told CNN Radio Tuesday the party that he hopes will include more Hispanics must be cautious in how it scrutinizes a groundbreaking Latina judge.
"You want to be careful," he said when asked about juggling Hispanic outreach with potential opposition to Sotomayor, "You don't want to be perceived as a bully."
Indeed, Steele was mild in his initial jabs, calling Sotomayor an "interesting pick" with "overwhelming political overtones to it." The RNC chairman listed classic conservative question marks. "We do have some reservations and concerns about her views on the second amendment, her views on abortion, her views on property rights," he said.
Listen: Steele on Sotomayor:
On abortion, Steele said his is concern is that "we don't know much about her," since Sotomayor has had relatively few abortion rulings.
But overall, the new Republican leader is calling for the GOP to avoid the explosive rhetoric attached to many Supreme Court fights.
"I think our party right now will avoid the partisan knee-jerk judgements that typically come with these things," Steele said.
The chairman followed his own advice. When asked if he agrees with some conservatives that Sotomayor is a so-called "activist judge," Steele replied: "Based on what I know, it's hard to say with a high degree of certainty."
but you are psychological bullies but more & more are seeing the repugnants for what they really are !
Steele is about as clueless as they come, their leader Limbutt has already called Sotomayor a racist and Huckabee has called Steele the same.
It's pretty funny that Steele comments on the "political overtones" when he, himself was chosen as an effort on the part of the RNC to have their own Barack Obama. The laughs just keep coming.
He's "Steele" out of touch with reality!!! I'll give him until tomorrow to change his tune after Rush Limpballs kicks Steele to the curb for not checking with him before making a statement. Rove – oveR :(
Sotomayor voted out qualified applicants in the fire dept because there wasnt enough minorities that scored well.
You know the same principal where she just got her job!!
Too Late - we already know republicants are schoolyard bullies at their very worst.
Umm — he didn't get the call from Rush?
Of course the GOP has to be careful. She is a Hispanic woman which means that any criticism, no matter how legitimate, will be seen as a racist and/or sexist attack on her and the Obama administration.
Be quiet Steele...Limbaugh is out there speaking for the GOP already. What a joke! A party without a leader, a body with a soul. Just watch, GOP goes regional in less than 10 years...
Mr.Steele may have to lie prostate again when limbaugh see's these comments.
Perceived as a "bully?" It's a little late for that, don't ya' think GOP?
Your racist, sexist party is unable to toe the line. I'm waiting for the offensive Latina song to follow "Puff the Magic Negro." It will be quite entertaining to hear you'll complain about how unqualified Sotomayor is considering her resume and intellect compared to Thomas, Harriet Miers, Palin, Bush, and you Michael Steele to name a few. Your party put the bar sooo low.
If Steele careful about what he says he is going to have to apologize to Boss Limbaugh again.
This may be the smartest thing Steele has ever said since becoming head of the RNC. Unfortunately, like the "boy" who cried wolf, no one in his party is listening.......ANY attack, real or peceived, WOULD, not could, WOULD cost "the party of NO" elections in 2009, 2010, & 2012........Remember where you heard it first.....
Thankfully I'm sure Limbaugh won't listen and will end up blowing it for The Republicans. After all, Rush does whatever Rush wants to do. He answers to no one except himself.
Do they really think that Obama would nominate someone who didn't agree with him? The Republicans are going to get a pro-life nominee, so why are they spouting off about this?? I guess they're upset, because they didn't get their way. Oh boo hoo hoo. Cry me a freakin river.
Preach that to your bigotted high priest,Rush Limbaugh. He needs to know by continuing to drive a wedge between communities(i.e. whites against Hispanics),hes actually hurting the Republican party.
I think steele is right this time in history. Tell your boys in the GOP to try to listen to you at least once in a blue moon because they do not regard as their leader. They have to accept it or leave it to the rest of the NNNNOOOOO GOP.
the republicans and the GOP's suck there i said it
Go ahead Repubs.... I darrrrrrre!!!!!! you to block her nomination.... You've already lost blacks, latinos, and women. Were just waiting for you to put the last nail in your coffin.
""You want to be careful," he said when asked about juggling Hispanic outreach with potential opposition to Sotomayor, "You don't want to be perceived as a bully." "
Once again, Mikey, you're a day late and a dollar short.
Steele might want to tell Rush to back off a little ...... Rush is coming out very strong against this women calling her a racists.......someone in this GOP better rein in their Leader.......he's running everyone away from your Party....
WHo in the devil is Michael Steele and why is it so important to report on his sayings on CNN every day???
Hey, Michael......Rush didn't get the memo.
You don't want to be perceived to be versus we don't want to be.