Limbaugh: Sotomayor 'Reverse Racist, Hack'

Tuesday, 26 May 2009 06:36 PM

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Rush Limbaugh blasted President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick Tuesday, calling Judge Sonia Sotomayor a “reverse racist” and a “hack.”

“Here you have a racist — you might want to soften that, and you might want to say a reverse racist,” Limbaugh said on his show. He was referring to a now notorious statement of Sotomayor’s in which she said that 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.”

Liberals, "of course, say that minorities cannot be racists because they don't have the power to implement their racism,” said Limbaugh, whose remarks were later reported by Politico. “Well, those days are gone, because reverse racists certainly do have the power. ... Obama is the greatest living example of a reverse racist, and now he's appointed one.”

Limbaugh was not optimistic that Republicans would muster the will to back a filibuster of the candidate.

“The odds that she could be stopped are long,” Limbaugh said. He called moderate Republicans like former Secretary of State Colin Powell “completely useless” in the fight against Obama’s pick.

“When the rubber hits the road, such as in this nomination, where are these moderate Republican groups on the nomination? Where are the moderate senators? Where is Colin Powell? Where is Tom Ridge?” Limbaugh asked.

“I'm the one doing the heavy lifting. Colin Powell panders to moderate Republicans,” he said. “If the moderates in the Republican Party offer no way to address this danger, then they are useless.”

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