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May 29th, 2009
11:03 AM ET

Top Republican calls Limbaugh, Gingrich comments 'terrible'

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/28/art.cornyn.gi.jpg caption="Cornyn on Thursday said statements calling Sotomayor a racist are 'terrible.'"]

Alexander Mooney
CNN Ticker Producer

A top Senate Republican is taking aim at recent statements from conservative commentators Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich suggesting Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is a "racist."

"I think it's terrible," Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told NPR's "All Things Considered" Thursday. "This is not the kind of tone any of us want to set when it comes to performing our constitutional responsibilities of advise and consent.”

Both the popular radio host and former GOP House Speaker have suggested Obama's pick for the high court is a racist while referencing a 2001 speech at Berkeley during which Sotomayor said, "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."

"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," Gingrich wrote on Twitter Wednesday.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Lisa in CA

    Wonder how long it will be before we hear an apology from the good senator for having the audacity to criticize Rush's commentary on the nominee.

    May 29, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  2. Mike in NYC

    She is (or at least was) a national council member of La Raza, an explicitly racialist Hispanic advocacy organization. Yes, I know, "La Raza" supposedly means "community," not "race," but it's still ethnic identity politics, and not something you want in a SC nominee.

    Limbaugh and Gingrich may not be the best messengers, but they speak truth here.

    The GOP is doing its White base a disservice by not "going there," while the "New America" constituencies of the Dems go there 24/7/365. You don't bring a penknife to a gunfight.

    May 29, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  3. Bryan Wickersheim

    Everybody can play politics all they want with the Supreme Court, But.... at the end of the day they will follow their hearts and the law regardless of their liberal or conservative leanings. I don't agree with every decision, split or unanimous that the high court makes.

    The one thing I would like to know is why some of these companies that received bailouts and subsequently opened collection/customer service offices in foreign countries are not being looked into for treason.
    They received our tax dollars to bail them out and they invested in the foreign countries with our tax dollars.

    May 29, 2009 at 11:33 am |