Bush 41 is making all kinds of news today. In addition to skydiving to celebrate his birthday, he's also "leaping" to the defense of Sonia SotomayorSonia SotomayorPress: Pelosi strikes back, hatred is a sin Justices appear cautious of expanding gun rights in NY case Divided Supreme Court leans toward allowing Trump to end DACA MORE.

The elder Bush, who nominated Sotomayor to be a federal judge in 1991, said conservatives should back off claims that the nominee is a racist.

"And she was called by somebody a racist once," Bush told CNN. "That's not right. I mean that's not fair. It doesn't help the process. You're out there name-calling. So let them decide who they want to vote for and get on with it."

Recent polls indicate that voters are wary of heated rhetoric against Sotomayor, suggesting GOP may face a backlash if Senate Republicans are perceived to be making unfair attacks on Sotomayor.