Context is a canard for Limbaugh, who compared Sotomayor to former Klan leader and Republican politician David Duke. Gingrich called her a "Latina woman racist." Buchanan called Sotomayor, a graduate of Princeton and Yale law school and an appointee of GOP President George H.W. Bush, a . . . duh! . . . affirmative-action baby!
The Washington Post hits similar notes in calling out GOP tactical idiocy with racial overtones.
I’d say that GOP pundits and politicos had jumped the shark, but I’m not even certain they know where the limits of ethical, sane discourse are any longer. Rush Limbaugh really has been Exhibit A:
Rush declared that he has never been an "oppressed minority," even though he is a member of one, because conservatism is an "oppressed minority." Rush added: "If ever a civil rights movement was needed in America, it is for the Republican Party. If ever we needed to start marching for freedom and constitutional rights, it’s for the Republican Party. The Republican Party is today’s oppressed minority, and it know[s] how to behave as one." The GOP, Rush continued, know to go to the "back of the bus" and drink from the right water fountain. Rush then assured us that he is an "intellectual," whereas Obama is a "narcissist." And just in case you’re not sure what that means, Rush elaborated: "He’s like Narcissus." Washington, D.C., Rush concluded, is the "Old South" for Republicans, and they are comfortable being an "oppressed minority."
Because, as we all know, the politically powerful and the wealthy have no means of protecting themselves whatsoever. They depend on op-ed blowhards, radio mouthpieces and the dastardly tricksterism of a whole class of political operatives, a cadre of favor-granting lobbyists and the best lawyers money can buy to protect their rights and interests.
Pretty much anything the rest of us do, right? *snerk*
(YouTube — Aretha sings Respect. Love this performance. H/T to Ice Station Tango.)