In Court Choice Pushes â€?Identity Politicsâ€™ to Forefront By Peter Baker The New York Times May 30 2009
Abigail Thernstrom is allowed to get off some zingers
â€?He didnâ€™t pick a post-racial candidateâ€¦â€?Sheâ€™s a quintessential spokesman for racial spoils.â€? Ms. Thernstrom, a Republican appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, said the real question was what the episode revealed about Mr. Obama. Is he the apostle of a post-racial society or a more subtle player in the countryâ€™s age-old identity politics or something in between? â€?I think heâ€™s a complicated person,â€? she said.
Right question; wrong answer. Anyone who reads Steve Sailerâ€™s book Americaâ€™s Half Blood Prince knows that while Obama might be a complicated writer he is very simple politically: race is the only thing that matters.
But not bad for Thernstrom, who has a history of wimpishness. Not bad for the Times either.
Sotomayorâ€™s nomination has set off a scramble by Hispanic â€?Republicanâ€? consultants to proclaim ethnic loyalty before Party obligation - including our old friend Lionel â€?Blood runs thicker than politicsâ€? Sosa. Sosa provided the juicer quotes to a Huffington Post essay yesterday trying to intimidate the Sotomayor sceptics
This matter is lovingly discussed today by 24ahead.com
I don't need to tell anyone why Sosa isn't saying anything negative and is helping the HuffPost (and in effect Obama): "Blood runs thicker than politics". Allowing Sosa to speak for Republicans shows once again just how dumb the GOP leadership is. The GOP leadership completely fails to realize that playing the identity politics game is a big loser for them. They're trying to play a Dem game on a Dem field using Dem rules and Dem referees, and everyone knows how that's going to turn out.
Sosa was particularly hostile to the anti-Sotomayor recent remarks by Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich. And these are themselves an important development â€“ neither man was historically to the forefront in these types of battles (to put it mildly). As James Fulford remarked here when Limbaughâ€™ new outspokenness attracted attention
Limbaugh isnâ€™t particularly interested in race, but heâ€™s interested in whatever his audience is interested in, and that includes racial issues.
The audience is going to get more interested in racial issues as it becomes more difficult for the MSM to hide that the Obama Administration is totally motivated by ethnic animus and that White Americans are the target.
Meanwhile, hat tip to One Old Veteranâ€™s wonderful news clipping website for alerting me to what may be the lethal blow to the Sotomayor nomination. Obama Picks Anti-gun Judge for the Supreme Court Gun Owners of America Friday May 29 2009
The Heller decision put the Supreme Court in support of the Constitutional protection of the individual right to keep and bear arms. Sotomayor, a politically correct lover of centralized government power (as long as she is part of the power elite), immediately went into counter-attack mode against the Heller decision.(VDARE.com link)
Sotomayor was part of a three-judge panel earlier this year which ruled in Maloney v. Cuomo that the Second Amendment does not apply to the statesâ€¦.Sotomayor disdains this important right of individuals (the right to keep and bear arms-VDARE.com), as indicated by an earlier opinion from 2004. In United States v. Sanchez-Villar, she stated that "the right to possess a gun is clearly not a fundamental right."
Before the age of Talk Radio and the Internet, Washington could get away with this kind of thing. Now, not so easy.