This clip from Rachel Maddow’s show is a full meal of irony and hypocrisy. The appetizer is Newt Gingrich calling Sonia Sotomayor a racist, followed by him issuing a non-retraction retraction.
The main course is Manuel Miranda, who is leading the effort to get Republicans to filibuster the confirmation of Sotomayor. Ironically, Miranda founded the National Coalition to End Judicial Filibusters. Um, but that was back when the Republicans were in control and the Democrats were threatening to filibuster Bush’s judicial appointments. At that time, the Republicans, including Miranda, were saying that judicial filibusters were unconstitutional. I guess they changed their minds.
But the best part is dessert. In a conference call hosted by The Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, Miranda gives advice to Republicans on how to attack Sotomayor without alienating Latinos with the appearance of being racist:
Hispanic polls, Hispanic surveys indicate that Hispanics think just like everyone else. We’re not like African-Americans. And we think just like everyone else.
Heck, that argument sure convinces me. Not. I guess Obama’s new slogan should be “I think different”.