Now this is strange. It seems the “ineffective,” “detrimental” Rush Limbaugh, who “only hurts the Republican cause” and “drives voters away from the big tent” because he’s “just an entertainer” and a “blowhard” has struck a nerve in the White House of the failed Obama administration.
Rush stepped out in front of the Sonia Sotomayer issue, being the first national figure to correctly characterize the Supreme Court nominee’s statement that “…a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life” as racist.
Limbaugh was followed by Newt Gingrich, who posted about Sotomayor’s racist and sexist comment on Twitter.
“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.”
“White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racist should also withdraw.”
On Good Morning America, Ann Coulter addressed the issue in a debate with James Carville. Coulter caught the Cajun Creep flatfooted and left him embarrassed.
…certainly saying that someone would decide a case differently, better, in fact, because she is a Latina, rather than a white male. I mean, that statement is, by definition, racist. I’m not saying she’s a racist. But the statement sure is.
To which Carville stammered in response.
I think she was trying to say, and I think many people do, and I think the President – You know, I have to tell you, as a Democrat – I was just, I was taken aback. I was choking up to see an African-American President of the United States, first Hispanic woman to the Supreme Court. It was quite a moment, I was touched by it. I got to say.
You really got her there.
The issue is starting to take hold, though. And the White House, initially quick to dismiss claims of racism over the comment, is being urged by some on the left to come out more strongly in explaining away Sotomayor’s racist comments.
“She misspoke,” said Lanny Davis, a White House lawyer and spokesman for President Bill Clinton. “Every day that goes by that they don’t say she misspoke and she used the wrong words … they just feed it and give it life and give Rush [Limbaugh] and [Sean] Hannity more airtime unnecessarily.”
We’ve seen this maneuver before. Whenever the Clinton White House would panic over a news story, they’d send their surrogates out to the media to make the case.
Clearly, the Obamites are worried about this issue, which means it’s the right issue to raise.
This is our opportunity to take a page from the liberal playbook, catch the administration off guard, and control the message while they scramble to respond.
It remains to be seen whether any elected Republicans will co-opt the favorite maneuver of the left and pick up where Rush, Coulter, Gingrich, Hannity and Levin leave off. It’s fine for the right leaning media to take up the story, but it’s only going to gain traction if elected Republicans have the balls to employ the same tactics the liberals used to get control of the entire government.
UPDATE: Regarding having balls…guess not. Does Michael Steele guest host Bill Bennett’s radio show just to say things that piss me off?
In what seemed like an effort to distance the party from claims that Sotomayor is “racist” and an “Affirmative Action” pick, Steele repeatedly said that Republicans should be hailing the historic nature of Obama’s pick.
“I’m excited that a Hispanic woman is in this position,” Steele said. He added that instead of “slammin’ and rammin’” on Sotomayor, Republicans should “acknowledge” the “historic aspect” of the pick and make a “cogent, articulate argument” against her for purely substantive reasons.