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FOX: Race-Baiting Politics and the Sotomayor Nomination

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Posted on July 14 2009 10:47 am
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Judge Sonia Sotomayor  should repudiate the race-baiting ads of a new Latino advocacy group called Presente Action, which appears to be part of the Shadow Party manipulating the media and driving the Democratic Party agenda from behind the scenes.  If Sotomayor fails to do this , she does not deserve to be confirmed by the Senate for a seat on the Supreme Court.   

As Bill O’Reilly reported last night, Presente Action is starting to run radio ads in Republican-held congressional districts based on the allegation that when it comes to Sotomayor, some Republican leaders are privately encouraging racist attacks from the likes of Rush Limbaugh.

Criticizing Sotomayor for her own racially charged statement that Latino women will make wiser decisions as judges than white men is not racist.  Nor is it racist to criticize Sotomayor’s cavalier Appeals Court dismissal of the race discrimination case brought by white and Hispanic firefighters in New Haven.  Sotomayor’s decision was itself reversed by the Supreme Court just two weeks ago in a 5-4 ruling where even the dissenting Justices criticized the manner in which Sotomayor’s appellate panel had handled the case.

Judge Sotomayor will have ample opportunity to clarify her positions and statements on these matters in the coming days during her confirmation hearings.  But if she does not strongly condemn the race-baiting campaign of Presente Action and tell the organization to stop invoking her name in its ads, nothing she can say about her past statements and decisions will dispel legitimate concerns about her own racist leanings. 

Who is Presente Action?  The Factor reported that it was founded by a Moveon.org alumnus.  Another leftwing organization with Moveon.org roots, called the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, is helping Presente Action to raise money for its spurious ads.  While these groups hurl reckless charges of hate speech against their enemies, the worst manifestations of hate speech are actually carried out by their own spokesmen.

Supreme Court Justices must eschew group-identity politics or they cannot dispense equal justice under the law irrespective of race, sex, religion, national origin, etc.  The burden is on Judge Sotomayor to prove that she can meet this threshold qualification for the high court.

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