Blunting the Backlash

By Anthony | May 26th, 2009 | 11:05 pm

Limbaugh is nothing if not canny:

Calling Sotomayor a “racist” and a “hack” on his radio show Tuesday, Limbaugh took particular issue with a 2001 speech at Berkeley during which she stated a “wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

“Here you have a racist – you might want to soften that, and you might want to say a reverse racist,” Limbaugh said of that comment.

It’s a typical GOP tactic – take your vulnerability and try to stick it on your opponent. Limbaugh and other Republicans know that if they attack Sotomayor they’ll be accused (whether rightly or wrongly) of being racists. Limbaugh is trying to blunt that criticism by making Sotomayor out to be the racist.

It’s the same tactic that occurred during the general election, when we had some of the most pampered, upper-crust Republican candidates trying to paint Obama as an elite.

One Response to “Blunting the Backlash”

  1. M Says:

    Limbaugh is a buffoon…but what about Sotomayor’s comment? What did she mean by that?

    Does she get a pass for saying something that a non-minority could never say?