I’m sorry. I liked the line so much, I had to use it as a headline.
But let’s have a look at this ridiculous charge that Sonia Sontomayor is a racist. First, let’s remind ourselves about who Newt Gingrich, one of the leaders of this charge, is.
Newtie Gingrich is an abysmal person. He is terrible. He approached a wife to discuss the terms of divorce as she lay on her cancer bed. He himself admitted that he was having an affair while he was leading the charge against President Bill Clinton for having an affair. Newt Gingrich is pond scum, the absolute worst of hypocrites and therefore is very comfortable at the helm of the GOOP with the likes of Cheney, Limbaugh, Bill Bennett, and other various assorted shitheads.
Newt tweeted this today:
White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racist should also withdraw.
I don’t know about you, but I find it a little ironic that the 140-character restriction forced Newtie to sound a little bit like Tonto. I understand that his next tweet was
Bowell gotta move now. Teepee full of shit.
Do you notice that every last person who is raising this bizarre charge of racism is a honky*? It is downright laughable to hear all of these white guys level charges of racism. Downright laughable. I haven’t heard anything from Alan Keyes yet, though I’m sure he agrees. Still. It’s just outright laughable.
Especially when you consider that there was nothing, nothing racist about what the lady said.
She was speaking at a conference called “Raising the Bar: Latino and Latina Presence in the Judiciary and the Struggle for Representation.” If you read the speech, you will see that she is actually fully discussing her own struggle for objectivity in spite of and because of her heritage. In fact, in another portion, she indicates that white old guys are indeed capable of empathy:
I…believe that we should not be so myopic as to believe that others of different experiences or backgrounds are incapable of understanding the values and needs of people from a different group. Many are so capable.
There are and will be many bizarre attacks on this woman in her bid to become an Associate Justice. This, I think, is one of the sleaziest. I personally wish they’d wait for the hearings to start, and that they’d actually give this nominee a fair, well, hearing, and, also, that they’d perhaps remember that there was this Senator named Barack Obama who unequivocally supported the nomination of one John G. Roberts.
But I reckon all that would just be too much common sense for the GOOPers.
*”Honky” is one of the four best words in the universe. This is a scientific fact.