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Simple question. And it's been two days since conservative spokesman Newt Gingrich made the incendiary claim. And since then the deep thinkers at the right-wing Corner have posted more than 100 items. Yet it's radio silence about the Gingrich controversy. Nobody at NRO has any opinion on Gingrich's claim of racism. None. It's The Topic That Cannot Be Mentioned.
As we noted earlier this year, this is typical of The Corner and how the right-wing blogosphere works. It's typical of how The Corner and its 'serious' writer run and hide whenever elements of the GOP Noise Machine make fools of themselves.
So it is with the Gingrich story, which explains the complete, and as far as I can tell, unwavering silence at The Corner. My hunch (and it's just a hunch) is that there are conservatives writers there, with their college degrees in hand, who think the "racist" claim is batty and destructive and unjustified. But Newt and Rush and Glenn said it, so nobody's allowed to disagree. Nobody at The Corner is allowed to question the wisdom of the right-wing Holy Trinity. And because conservative writers now play second fiddle to AM talk show hosts, everybody at The Corner plays dumb and types away on whatever other Sotomayor issues are being tossed around.
Why the hunch that some Corner writers disagree with the "racist" claim? Simple, If NRO writers agreed with Newt they would say so online. They would cheer the allegation and back up Newt with all kinds of evidence. And they would demand that other conservatives shout out the same clarion call: Sotomayor is a racist!
But instead, nothing. Zip. Zilch. The NRO writers appear to be too chicken to even write about Gingrich's "racist" claim because quite clearly they would either have to champion it, which nobody has done. Or they'd have to condemn it, which nobody has. So instead, The Corner plays dumb. Again.
From MSNBC political analyst Pat Buchanan's May 29 syndicated column:
When you think about it, Sonia Sotomayor is the perfect pick for the Supreme Court - in Barack Obama's America.
Like Obama, himself a beneficiary of affirmative action, she thinks "Latina women," because of their life experience, make better judicial decisions than white men, that discrimination against white men to advance people of color is what America is all about, that appellate courts are "where policy is made" in the United States.
To those who don't believe the depiction of our first Hispanic justice as an anti-white, liberal judicial activist, hearken to her own words.
Speaking at Berkeley in 2001, Sonia told her audience, "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion (as a judge) than a white male who hasn't lived that life."
Imagine if Sam Alito had said at Bob Jones University, "I would hope that a wise white male with the richness of his life experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a Hispanic woman, who hasn't lived that life."
Alito would have been toast. No explanation, no apology would have spared him. He would have been branded for life a white bigot.
Judge Sotomayor will be excused because the media agree with her and she is a Latina who will use her court seat to impose upon the nation the values of the National Council of La Raza (The Race), of which she is a member.
Reading 30 of her opinions, GW law professor Jonathan Turley found them "notable" for "lack of depth."
Liberal law professor and Supreme Court expert Jeff Rosen of The New Republic reports, after talking to prosecutors and law clerks, that Sotomayor covers up her intellectual inadequacy by bullying from the bench.
The lady is a lightweight.
According to the Times, the rhetoric surrounding the Sotomayor fight has become ugly on "both sides" [emphasis added]:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday called Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor a "racist" for remarks she made in 2001, joining an emerging conservative line of attack and enflaming both sides of the battle as interest groups fundraise over her nomination.
Slight problem. While the Times details the unhinged "racist" rhetoric from the right, the newspaper never even hints that similarly enflamed lines of attack have been unleashed from the left. (Either from liberals defending Sotomayor or questioning her record.) That's because there haven't been any such attacks.
The news is that the right-wing has already gone completely ballistic over the Sotomayor nomination, but the Times wants you believe everyone has.
Gloria Borger on CNN, moments ago: "Conservatives believe that empathy is about feelings, and that feelings have no place when you're deciding the law."
No. Conservatives say they believe that. But in reality, they support conservative judges who -- they say -- demonstrate empathy.
Look, this is really simple: conservatives have been consistently lying about Sonia Sotomayor. They've been lying about more or less everything for quite some time. There is simply no reason whatsoever to assume that what they are saying is true, consistent, or principled.
two·fer: "One who belongs to two minority groups and can be counted, as by an employer, as part of two quotas."
From NRO's the corner:
Celebratory Ode [John Derbyshire]
What has been absent from all the rejoicing about the nomination of Judge Sotomayor? Why, a celebratory ode, of course. We humble scribes must supply the deficiency.
All hail the brave and wise Latina!
Compelling is her story!
And jurisprudent her demeanor -
She's on the path to glory!
At SCOTUS she'll make policy
(What need for legislators?)
More jobs! More opportunity!
For twofer second-raters.
Latina wisdom, egged on by
La Raza mischief-makers,
With fill her soul with empathy
(Though not for white test-takers).
Most people tend to think the more money a politician raises, the more likely he is to win his next election. Candidates across the country raise as much money as they can, and are poked and prodded by party committees to raise even more, and to do so even more quickly. The reasons are fairly obvious: Money pays for things like staff, ads, get-out-the-vote programs, and donuts -- all the things you need in order to win. And early money scares off potential opponents, while attracting yet more money. (That's the idea behind the name EMILY's List -- Early Money Is Like Yeast.)
But maybe all of that is wrong. Politico suggests that raising a lot of money might actually hurt Sen. Harry Reid:
Could big money haul hurt Reid?
By: Carol E. Lee
May 27, 2009 12:41 AM EST
LAS VEGAS - Sen. Harry Reid has made no secret of his plans to shore up a massive war chest to scare off challengers and aid his reelection bid.
But could Reid's boasting that he will raise $25 million to keep his seat actually hurt him?
Wow. That's just ... dumb. And what is this rather far-fetched idea that raising a lot of money might hurt Reid based upon? As Josh Orton notes at MyDD, it's based on nothing other than a Republican saying it could hurt Reid:
To be fair, the state Republican chair said it could hurt Reid! Ignore the fact that Republicans boast of raising nearly the same amount to mount a challenge. I know Republicans want to bluff that Reid's vulnerable - but I didn't expect the chutzpah of specifically using a metric of electoral viability as proof.
This Politico craziness follows a CNN report yesterday suggesting that Barack Obama might face a "backlash" as a result of his raising money for Reid. CNN offered no evidence to support the thesis, which seems far-fetched at best.
It seems some in the media are desperate to find signs of political trouble for the Democrats, even spinning successful fundraising as bad news.
Now, let's fire up the way-back machine and head back to 2006. That's when NBC's Matt Lauer suggested that President Bush's unpopularity was good news for the Republicans, because it meant they could run against Bush. No, really, he did:
LAUER: These approval numbers, Tim, are they in some ways a blessing in disguise for Republicans in these midterm elections? Because, basically, they can look and say, "Look, I don't have a popular president here. I can turn my back on that president, or even oppose that president going into these elections and stem the tide of this voter anger."
Two landslide electoral losses for the Republicans later, reporters are still frantically searching for a way to interpret everything as good news for the GOP.
In his report about how Republicans in the U.S. Senate might not marshall much of a fight against Obama's POTUS pick Sonia Sotomayor, Allen writes [emephasis added]:
GOP officials say they realize the party needs to improve its standing among Hispanic voters in order to have any hope of winning a national election, and they admit that trashing the first Latina nominee to the court could cement stereotypes or further alienate minorities.
This reality limits Republicans' options dramatically and virtually guarantees they would be called racists if they said anything that smacks of being out of bounds about such a qualified nominee.
Got that? If Republicans criticize Sotomayor, Democrats and liberals will automatcially use the race card, which cergainly paints them in a negative, knee-jerk kind of way. But what did Allen fail to mention? The fact is it's been Republicans who have been playing the race card with wild abandon less than 48 hours after Sotomayor was nominated. Allen left that part out.