The stupid, it burns. I expected a redux of the infamous Helms’ "Hands" ad as part of the GOP response to the Sotomayor nomination to SCOTUS, but this is above and beyond the call of putrid:

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.)

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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