On his radio show today, Rush Limbaugh quickly went on record as proclaiming that he wants Obama Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor to fail. Rush said, “Do I want her to fail? Yeah.” He also called her a reverse racist appointed by the greatest living example of reverse racism. What is a reverse racist?
Here is the audio from Media Matters:
Limbaugh said, “Here you have a racist. You might want to soften that, and you might to say a reverse racist, and of course libs want to say minorities can’t be racists because they don’t have the power to implement their racism. Well those days are gone, because reverse racists do have the power to implement their power, Obama is the living greatest example of a reverse racist and now he has appointed one, Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.”
What is a reverse racist? I know that he is playing off of the term reverse discrimination, which is where policies designed to combat discrimination actually discriminate against a non-minority. Wouldn’t a reverse racist be the opposite of racist? This is gibberish. Later Rush proclaimed that he wanted Sotomayor to fail, just like Obama is going to fail.
The buzz words that Limbaugh is trying to attach to the Sotomayor nomination is reverse racism. By the way, I would love to ask Rush how a man who is half white and half black is a racist? This too, makes no sense. The claim that Sotomayor is an activist judge can be leveled at any federal appeals court judge, Republican or Democrat. Every time the federal court of appeals reverses a decision they adjusting policy in some manner.
If this is going to be the Republican argument, it is not going to hold up well.
Unless there is something devastating in her background that would cause Democrats not to support her, she will be confirmed with relative ease. The hypocrisy here is that Republicans love activist judges when they are Republican activists. The truth is that powerless Rush Limbaugh’s illogical rants will not derail Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination.