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Now that the Republican plan of attack to paint Sonia Sotomayor as a racist have fallen flat, it's on to Plan B:

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) told Roll Call yesterday that he and his Republican colleagues on the Judiciary Committee may boycott Judge Sotomayor’s hearings if Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) does not cave to right-wing demands to delay the hearings:

“As the hearing time approaches we will evaluate whether we can make that deadline,” Kyl said, explaining that if Republicans do not feel they can adequately question Sotomayor they will try to meet with Leahy to make a plea for more time.

However, Kyl, who serves on the Judiciary Committee, did not explicitly rule out the use of delay tactics, including a Republican boycott of the confirmation hearings, if an accommodation cannot be made.

So the question is, will Leahy cave to Republican demands like he did before the confirmation hearing for Eric Holder?

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Jun 12, 2009 at 06:30 PM PDT.

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