PLAYING GROWN-UP…. The Wall Street Journal‘s Peggy Noonan today referred to some of Sonia Sotomayor’s far-right critics as “idiots.” She went on to offer her party some reasonable advice.

“Let’s play grown-up.” When I was a child, that’s what we said when we ran out of things to do like playing potsie or throwing rocks in the vacant lot. You’d go in and take your father’s hat and your mother’s purse and walk around saying, “Would you like tea?” In retrospect we weren’t imitating our parents but parents on TV, who wore pearls and suits. But the point is we amused ourselves trying to be little adults.

And that’s what the GOP should do right now: play grown-up.

I’m trying to decide which part of this is more interesting: Noonan’s assumption that Republican Party would have to pretend to be grown-up, or that Noonan thinks there’s still time for the GOP to, as John Cole put it, “dial back the crazy” on the Sotomayor nomination.

Steve Benen

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