To his credit, Newt Gingrich (in photo) said he went too far in calling U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor a racist based on her statement about “a wise Latina woman.” Gingrich wrote: “The word ‘racist’ should not have been applied to Judge Sotomayor as a person, even if her words themselves are unacceptable (a fact which both President Obama and his press secretary, Robert Gibbs, have since admitted).” The issue that concerns him is not racial identity politics but whether everyone is equal before the law, he said.
Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh, who also called Sotomayor a racist, has no regrets. “I’m not retracting it,” Limbaugh said on his program Wednesday, though he indicated that he might support Sotomayor if she opposed abortion rights. So apparently it’s OK to be a racist if you’re right on abortion.
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