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Robert Gibbs: Threatening Your Free Speech

By Wyatt Earp | May 28, 2009


Would you expect anything less from Obama’s mouthpiece?

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs issued a pointed warning to opponents of Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination Wednesday, urging critics to measure their words carefully during a politically charged confirmation debate.

“I think it is probably important for anybody involved in this debate to be exceedingly careful with the way in which they’ve decided to describe different aspects of this impending confirmation,” Gibbs said.

He was replying to a question from CBS’s Chip Reid about a blog post by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich accusing Sotomayor of imposing identity politics on the bench and declaring: “A white man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. A Latina woman racist should also withdraw.”

Racist? Nah. Would a racist say something like this? “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion [as a judge] than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

Yeah, that was Sotomayor during a speech at Berkeley.

Hispanic leaders cautioned that critics, such as Gingrich, risked alienating Latinos by seeming to pronounce judgment before Sotomayor has an opportunity to defend herself.

Latino activists were up in arms over what one called “innuendo” challenging the smarts of Sotomayor, who graduated with highest honors from Princeton and was editor of the law review at Yale Law School. (H/T - Politico)

Yeah, who the frak cares? Miguel Estrada was savaged by Democrats like Chuck Schumer during his confirmation hearings. Where were these “Latino activists” then? Schumer questioned Estrada’s truthfulness and attacked his positions before the Dems employed a filibuster. Due to the Democrats’ tactics, Estrada withdrew his name from consideration.

I guess only a Democrat minority is not allowed to be asked the tough questions in the new era of HopeyChange.

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8 Responses to “Robert Gibbs: Threatening Your Free Speech”

  1. CaptainAmerica Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Careful there Marshall…

  2. Sully Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    I know far too many people of every color to even notice it anymore… I just have zero tolerance for double standards. Her words are offensive to the colorblind.

    If you agree with her, you are a racist…. or you have lower expectations of people who share her ethnic traits.

    …and that still makes you a racist. It’s just called soft-racism.

  3. Old NFO Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    They’ve got a double barrel ready for ANY challengers- Race AND Gender- And they are already playing BOTH cards in the DC arena…

  4. Jon Brooks Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I would hope that a wise caucasian man with the richness of his experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion (as a judge) than a latina female that has not lived that life. It works both ways :)

  5. s.p.e.c.t.r.e. Says:
    May 28th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Not only is she a racist, she is a horrible judge. She has been overruled on several occasions based on her decisions. Also, since when is a judge whose sole purpose is to interpret the Constitution supposed to rely on empathy to make a decision? She has no business being an appellate court judge, much less a Supreme Court justice. I’m also tired of hearing about her “incredible” life story. The same story many of us know about growing up in difficult circumstances.

  6. Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET Says:
    May 29th, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Invitation to Gibbs:
    In the street, stripped to the waist and go for it. He wins, he stays as the organic teleprompter. I win, he packs up and goes back to the rock he crawled out from under. Gibbs win, not a chance!

  7. Alan B Says:
    May 29th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    From what I read, it might appear that she is more likely to make law that interpret or apply existing law. That does not seem to be the purpose of the SCOTUS.

    I would like to see SCOTUS as the final protection for the people, not a way of imposing new socialist ideas.

  8. Wyatt Earp Says:
    May 29th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Captain - Hey, if I want to say her remarks make her look like a racist piece of detritus, I can. This is still America . . . until the liberals change it.

    Sully - Well stated.

    Old NFO - Oh, I know she’ll be confirmed, and the GOP won’t have the wontons to ask her the tough questions. Get ready for decades of uninterrupted Democrat rule.

    Jon - Agreed. And I think a white firefighter who scored better than a black firefighter should be promoted first. If only someone told that to the New Haven Fire Department.

    s.p.e.c.t.r.e. - Empathy has no place in a courtroom, except by court counselors and victim’s assistance officers.

    Glenn - No contest. Gibbs is the ultimate metrosexual. He’d lose.

    Alan B - Just listen to the case and make your decision by the guidelines already established. So simple, a caveman can do it!