Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Democrats Finally Learn it's not Fair to Casually Call People Racist.

The nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court has already achieved a boon for our political culture: It has helped leading liberals and Democrats to discover that being tarred as a racist on flimsy grounds is unfair and deeply unpleasant. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., for example, when asked on "Face the Nation" to respond to Rush Limbaugh's and Newt Gingrich's comments about Sotomayor, said, "That's an absolutely terrible thing to throw around. Based on that statement -- that one word 'better than' (sic) -- to call someone a racist is just terrible and I would hope that Republicans would not do this."

Sen. Feinstein is right as far she went. She avoided one undeniable fact though. If a white male nominee had been discovered to have said something similar -- that he was better situated to judge due to his background and life experiences than a Latina woman -- he would be cashiered so fast as to induce whiplash.

More here.

1 comment:

Greg said...

Right or wrong, a white nominee that said such a thing would be too stupid (politically) to be considered for the Supreme Court. After all, no matter what the job, you are expected not to say the wrong things during the interview process.