Perhaps the most interesting reaction to Sonia SotomayorSonia SotomayorToomey, swing state Republican, supports Senate moving on Trump Supreme Court nominee Names to watch as Trump picks Ginsburg replacement on Supreme Court READ: Supreme Court justices mourn death of Ginsburg, 'an American hero' MORE's nomination to the Supreme Court on Tuesday came from former Rep. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyAppeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel GOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy MORE (R- Pa.).

The Senate candidate, who is known as a Republican's Republican and who has been going after centrist GOPers for years as president of the Club for Growth, sounded a strikingly nonpartisan note on her nomination.

JJust as it was wrong for liberal Democrats to adopt a knee-jerk opposition to Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito, it would be equally wrong for Republicans to oppose Judge Sotomayor on a partisan basis," Toomey said. "Judge Sotomayor deserves a fair hearing. If that hearing proves her to be of sound judicial temperament with the requisite knowledge of and respect for the Constitution, then she should be confirmed."

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This last sentence is key, because it suggests that Toomey would actually been amenable to her confirmation. Other Republicans who were cautious about criticizing Sotomayor didn't even talk in those terms - suggesting proactively that Sotomayor could be OK.

Of course, Toomey got in the requisite shot at Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) for allegedly politicizing the nominations of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas.

But it could be an early sign that Toomey realizes he has to moderate in order to gain establishment support.

- Aaron Blake