Rush … taken out of context … is labled a racist.

This was just too much to pass up. Former New York State Supreme Court Judge Leslie Crocker Snyder is asked to comment on comments made by Rush Limbaugh in which Limbaugh calls Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor a reverse racist. Limbaugh was referring to two comments attributed to Judge Sotomayor … in which she claims her background as a Latino Latina (sorry, my Spanish is way rusty) woman makes her better able to make decisions than “a white male.” Hmmmmm. From the NY Times by the way.

“I would hope 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,” said Judge Sotomayor, who is now considered to be near the top of President Obama’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees.

The second is a comment that Sotomayor made at a legal seminar which you can watch here, saying “court is where policy is made.”


That’s when Fox turns to Judge Snyder for a reaction … and of course Snyder doesn’t disappoint.


Ironically … it’s Rush being taken out of context here … but Snyder is all too willing to jump to Sotomayor’s defense with the “taken out of context defense.” Furthermore … she calls Rush a racist without offering any evidence whatsoever of racism on Rush’s part. “The most racist person she knows.”? Hmmm … she better be prepared to back that one up … which she can’t … because its my guess … she does not listen. Once again… the knee jerk and may I say, safe reaction from the left.

Update: Here is the full clip of what Judge Sotomayor had to to say in reference to ” the court is where policy is made.” I am not sure it makes a difference. Perhaps an attorney out there would like toi comment below.


Update 2: I did not read this, this morning, but it bears mention here. The New Republic did a piece on Sotomayor three weeks ago … and while it points out her strong qualities as a judge … the criticism apparently was uniform by people who worked on the 2nd Circuit.

The most consistent concern was that Sotomayor, although an able lawyer, was “not that smart and kind of a bully on the bench,” as one former Second Circuit clerk for another judge put it. “She has an inflated opinion of herself, and is domineering during oral arguments, but her questions aren’t penetrating and don’t get to the heart of the issue.” (During one argument, an elderly judicial colleague is said to have leaned over and said, “Will you please stop talking and let them talk?”) Second Circuit judge Jose Cabranes, who would later become her colleague, put this point more charitably in a 1995 interview with The New York Times: “She is not intimidated or overwhelmed by the eminence or power or prestige of any party, or indeed of the media.”

TNR is the view from the left … so take it for what it’s worth. I am always hesitant to put too much stock in this kind of talk from “unnamed colleagues”. You never know who has an ax to grind. Which is why I am leaving this for the blog and not the show. But I will say, it’s worth noting. This is a lifetime appointment.

Update 3: Allah at HotAir, has the Sotomayor quote “wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences” in it’s “full context”. He also predicts Republicans will go easy on her, lest they lose votes. Agreed? Some may, but I hope some don’t.

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  1. Dimsdale on May 26, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Boy, they must really be sweating this one.  Usually, they give Rush a day or two before they start carving sound bites out of his show and misrepresenting what he says to those who did not listen to him.

    I noted that they president left that dubious firefighters decision from his speech today, preferring to make some inane comments about Sotomayor's role in the baseball strike.  Whoop de doo.  Let the cover up begin.

    I think Republicans should ask the same questions of Sotomayor as the Democrats did of Miguel Estrada.  Let the chips fall where they may.

  2. Erik Blazynski on May 27, 2009 at 1:53 am

    First of all what is reverse racism? Either a person is racist or they are not racist. I thought racism was the belief that your race was better than another race. Her statements were clearly racist and I simply can not think of a time where racism is desired in a court of appeals. That is not to say that such a case does not exist.

    This is an OBVIOUS political race card for Obama, he is kissing the asses of the latino(a) voters.  I don't think that he even cares if she gets confirmed. He has done his part to appease that segment of the voting public. I wonder if she realizes that she is being used as a tool because of her ethnicity. Though I bet she does not care as long as her career is advanced.

  3. Wyndeward on May 27, 2009 at 6:20 am

    The "reverse racism" charge is a hold-over to the conventional wisdom the Reverend Jackson that minorities couldn't be racist, as they lacked the power to enforce their bigotry in the public square.  As such, racism, per se, could only be the quality possessed by a member of the majority.

    As for the Judge, she's a hack.  She doesn't understand, based upon her own words, that her role is not to "create policy" but to adjudicate the law.

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