May 31 2009
It is as I feared, the ‘true conservatives’ have no self control, no class and no business trying to lead a reborn conservative movement to oppose Obama. It is beyond their meager skills. Their over the top, childish rhetoric is the problem – they cannot form a serious thought or debate point. It is become so bad many peopleÂ are cringing at the self destruction:
Top-ranking Republican strategists who specialize in Hispanic outreach say they are outraged, disturbed and concerned by the type of reception Barack Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court has received from conservative activists.
In the days since the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, several prominent conservative voices have leveled unusually blunt attacks at her resume. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and radio host Rush Limbaugh both insisted that the court of appeals judge was a racist for saying that her Hispanic background allowed her to come to better judicial decisions. Former Congressman Tom Tancredo, on Friday, called Sotomayor a member of the “Latino KKK.”
Is Sotomayor a ‘racist’ for poking fun at white men – especially grumpy old conservative white men? And if calling people names is wrong, has the GOP forgot what they called people who opposed them on comprehensive immigration reform? Â
When the idiots on the far right rose up against reasonable immigration reform they cried for the forced round up and deportation of people, just like “Ike” did when he rounded up all Mexican looking people – and accidently coined the racist term wetback:
Round ’em up and kick them all out – even if they have not committed a major crime (working without papers is a process misdemeanor, not a violent crime which deserves serious repercussions).
That is racism. Targeting a people and punishing them based on their race primarily, and a stereotype they use to rationalize going outside the constitution. It is the essence of American racism.
Ethnic pride sprinkled with a cross-sex challenge is not racism. There are white men and women, hispanic men and women, black men and women, asian men and women – and in this country we all COMPETE to be the best of the best. Sotomayor’s claim her background could expand the judicial experience base from which to form opinions is not an attack on others, but an argument on why she should participate. And it is a sound one.
If we call competition to be the best a racist crime then this nation is done. Conservatives used to be promoters of individual determination and self responsibility. We have a woman here who has done this and now it is a crime?
I think someone at the WSJ said it best this week:
But back to Sonia Sotomayor, which is my subject.
She is of course a brilliant political pickâ€”Hispanic when Republicans have trouble with Hispanics, a woman when they’ve had trouble with women. Her background (public housing, Newyorican, Catholic school, Princeton, prominence) is as moving as Clarence Thomas’s, and that is moving indeed.Â
Some, and they are idiots, look at Judge Sotomayor and say: attack, attack, kill. A conservative activist told the New York Times, “We need to brand her.” Another told me a fight is needed to excite the base.
Excite the base? How about excite a moderate, or interest an independent? How about gain the attention of people who aren’t already on your side?
These people do not care about the broader America because all they Â really want is to contort America into the warped image they think is right. They cannot explore where America could go under a more diverse team leading the way, that is the path to hell as far as they are concerned. To them it is black and white – us verses the rest of the scum.
They have no subtlety. They madly wield hatchets when the skilled application of aÂ scalpelÂ is required. They swing on pendulums of anger without much thought or care.
And they are still destroying the GOP with their madness.