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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

And the Punching Begins....

I knew it wouldn't take long for the boxing gloves to come out when President Obama announced his Supreme Court Justice nominee.

Politico.com
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Wednesday charged that Judge Sonia Sotomayor is a "racist."

"Imagine a judicial nominee said 'my experience as a white man makes me better than a Latina woman.' Wouldn't they have to withdraw? New racism is no better than old racism," Gingrich wrote in a post on his blog.

"A white man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racist should also withdraw," he added.

Gingrich was referring to a comment Sotomayor made during remarks at the University of California, Berkeley's annual Judge Mario G. Olmos Law and Cultural Diversity Lecture.

"A wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life," Sotomayor said.

Gingrich's comment came a day after conservative radio

host Rush Limbaugh called Sotomayor a "racist."

Responding to Gingrich's post, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Sotomayor's opponents should be "exceedingly careful" in their criticisms.

Asked about the dangers in attacking the first Hispanic nominee to the nation's highest court, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told CNN radio on Tuesday, "you have to be careful," adding that "you don't want to be perceived as a bully."

In a statement issued the same day, Steele said that "Republicans will reserve judgment on Sonia Sotomayor until there has been a thorough and thoughtful examination of her legal views."

But RNC new media director Todd Herman reposted Gingrich's comment on twitter today, writing "new racism = no better than old."

RNC communications director Trevor Francis said the committee would not respond to a "personal tweet by one of our staffers" before adding that "the RNC's and the Chairman's position on the nomination of Judge Sotomayor are reflected by our statement yesterday."

6 comments:

nonnie9999 said...

funny how those who scream racist and misogynist are the worst offenders. seems like newtie got his talking points from the racist and misogynistic rush limpdick.

yorksnbeans said...

ya think?? ;-)

italco said...

lol...newt, newt, newt. When you going to learn...lol

yorksnbeans said...

yeah...whenever you think he's starting to make sense, he says something like this!! Ugh.

annnonomus said...

Newt would be better off just saying NOTHING! ohhhhhhhh my!(sigh)
I honestly think I would faint if anything postitive would ever come out of the mouths of members of the RNC at this point concerning anything the current administration has and will be doing. Yeeeesh!

yorksnbeans said...

Hey Ann! Are you still pondering that riddle? ;-)