Gingrich on Sotomayor’s Empathy — Once More with Feeling!
Shorter Newt: Now that Robert Gibbs and President Obama have accepted my central premise that Sotomayor’s remarks were racist, let’s all just agree that "empathy" disqualifies her from the bench.
I was on MSNBC yesterday talking with David Shuster and Matt Lewis about Dick Cheney’s newly vocal reverence for gay marriage. I made the point (which I freely admit came from Glenn Greenwald) that conservative principles seem to crumble when they come up against empathy — Cheney endorses full civil rights because of his experience as the father of a lesbian daughter, Nancy Reagan becomes the spokesperson for stem cell research because of her husband, and Erich "Mancow" Muller renounces his support for waterboarding after he tries it himself.
No wonder conservatives hate empathy.