Monthly Archives: May 2009

Is Sotomayor a racist?

The line that has inspired Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh to say, bluntly, that yes, President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, is genuinely racist, is this one: “… 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.” Her defenders’ quick response is that the line is taken out of context. Well, let’s give it some context. A much longer quote from the 2001 lecture in which she made that remark is here: Continue reading “Is Sotomayor a racist?” »

Dick Cheney’s Never Ending Tour

Richard B. Cheney, like Bob Dylan, was born “the year they bombed Pearl Harbor.” And he too is still out there on the road, unsentimental about this world of darkness, but unwilling to roll over for it either. And for that I think all Americans ought to be grateful.Two Americans born in 1941

His speech today at AEI was a knockout. It was a reminder of why — despite the eventual cost of not having a chosen successor to run in 2008 — George W. Bush’s first decision as a presidential candidate (to pick Dick Cheney as his V.P.) was an excellent one, and one which made his administration stronger. (That first decision is often very telling.) Continue reading “Dick Cheney’s Never Ending Tour” »