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Rush, Newt back Sotomayor for Supreme Court job

By John Breneman

Conservative pundits Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich announced today they strongly support elevating federal appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court … as its cleaning lady.

Sotomayor has been branded a racist by both men -- Gingrich, the former Tweeter of the House, and Limbaugh one of the nation's leading producers of racist rhetoric.

The judge stands to become the first Hispanic justice to serve on the High Court, but because she was nominated by President Obama, some on the far right believe it is their duty to trash Sotomayor by any means necessary -- part of their mission to purge the Republican Party of everyone except rich conservative honkies.

Former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo, whose anti-immigrant 2008 presidential run was hailed by those who share his Archie Bunker mentality, said Sotomayor was a member of the "Latino KKK" and offered to burn her house down in the middle of the night.

Obama's selection of Sotomayor has also disappointed some on the left who hoped he would be more aggressive about adding diversity to the court by picking the nation's first openly gay Haitian-Japanese transvestite albino Orthodox Pagan jurist.

Also troubling to some analysts, Sotomayor's judicial record reveals no indication how she would rule when the inevitable "John & Kate Plus Eight" divorce case reaches the high court.

Other critics say Sotomayor's record on the bench raises concerns that she might be a strict neo-originalistic pro-Darwinian reconstructionist.

However, supporters say she is supremely well-qualified. Her favorite musical group is The Supremes and she subsists primarily on Pizza Hut Super Supreme pizza, though there is little or no paper trail on what toppings she prefers. She also has a cat named Oliver Wendell Holmes and a schnauzer named Brown vs. the Board of Education.

Her idol is said to be the distinguished former Chief Justice Joseph Albert Wapner and she once did pro bono work for Sonny Bono.

Senate Republicans are expected to employ a variety of tactics -- intense questioning, badgering, tickling, sodium pentathol and waterboarding -- to grill her about her stance on Roe v. Wade, Donkey v. Elephant, Paper v. Plastic and the People vs. Pea-Brained Satirists.

Related story: Judge Roberts faces abortion litmus test -- July 29, 2005

Posted on June 2, 2009 12:24 PM | Permalink

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