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Saturday, May 30, 2009

All in 

Sounds like Newt Gingrich is going all in against the Sotomayor nomination. And so is Rush Limbaugh.
And Obama has finally realized the stakes.
But I wonder if the Republicans have accounted for the "Iron This, Buddy!" effect, which Hillary mobilized so well. As Digby writes:
All the rancid talk about her alleged racism has been accompanied by a strong dose of sexism, particularly the whisper campaign about her "unseemly" temperament . . .When Scalia treats lawyers to a thorough grilling, he's just putting them through their paces and demonstrating his own strongly held convictions. When a woman does it, she's just a domineering bitch on wheels. This is a familiar double standard for working women everywhere.. . .
When I see these conservative men on television bleating plaintively that the president shouldn't have chosen a Latina federal judge but rather chosen "the best person for the job," I can't help but burst out laughing at the total lack of self-awareness such comments illustrate. It's clear they believe that 96% of all Supreme Court judges having been white males simply shows that white males are more qualified than anyone else. It's hilarious.

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