Newt Gingrich has followed Rush Limbaugh in calling Sonia Sotomayor a racist, based upon her 2001 statement, "I would hope that 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." CNN Sucks notes in its political blog:
On Wednesday, Gingrich tweeted: "Imagine a judicial nominee said 'my experience as a white man makes me better than a latina woman.' new racism is no better than old racism."
Moments later, he followed up with the message: "White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racist should also withdraw."
President Obama's spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked about Gingrich's charge, and he responded:
"I think it is probably important for anybody involved in this debate to be exceedingly careful with the way in which they've decided to describe different aspects of this impending confirmation," Gibbs said.
Be careful or what? Tell us what will happen to those who want to express their opinions about this, Gibbsy.
And don't try to convince us that there are "oh so many other great aspects of this appointment" to consider other than Sotomayor's ingrained racism and incapability to mete justice out with blindness towards race, religion, class, etc. Carrying Newt's point a bit further, had a white male nominee expressed his superior experience to a Latina woman's, there would be no discussion about the other "aspects" of his "impending confirmation."
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