RNC Chairman Michael Steele isn’t shying away from highlighting race as a signifying issue of the Sonia Sotomayor Supreme Court nomination hearings.
In an interview with CNN’s Campbell Brown on Tuesday, the Republican Party leader insisted that white males would not be granted even-handed jurisprudence under a Court with Obama’s nominee.
“God help you if you’re a white male,” said Steele. “If you’re seeking justice, this may not be the bench you want to go before.”
The remarks come at a time when Republican officials have attempted to remove any semblance of racial politics from their opposition to Sotomayor’s nomination. Earlier on Tuesday, Sen. Mel Martinez, a Hispanic Republican from Florida, defended Sotomayor’s now-infamous “wise Latina” remarks as sensible. “For someone who is of Latin background, personally, I understand what she is trying to say,” the Senator said after meeting with Sotomayor. “Which is, the richness of her experience forms who she is. It forms who I am.”
Likewise on Tuesday, conservative New York Times‘ columnist David Brooks endorsed Sotomayor’s temperament for the bench by highlighting the experiences in her background.
“If you look at the whole record,” Brooks wrote, “you come away with the impression that Sotomayor is a hard-working, careful-though-unspectacular jurist whose primary commitment is to the law.”
Steele, during his CNN interview, insisted that he was not being inflammatory in his assessment of Obama’s Supreme Court pick.
“It’s based off of… the inference that she left and what she said,” he said, when asked about a similar, earlier critique. “You know, if you have a judge, where you have a situation where you have — you’re going before a trier of fact, and the trier of fact is on record as saying that this individual’s background experience is better positioned to make a decision than someone else, that gives one pause. And so my view of it was, in looking at it, you’re now segregating out white men by your comments.”
3 thoughts on “Steele: God Help White Men Appearing Before A Sotomayor Court”
Wow, W.M.D. now thats hot, White Man’s Dog. It could not be said better, I just wonder how long will it be before the master starts kicking the dog out of the GOP. I believe each person has his own identity and can stand for what ever they like. How could this man be on the wrong side of history. How can any educated black or brown man or for that fact be a republican? To me it is a super oxymoron. Being a person of color and a practicing Republican is like wearing “Pork Chop Underwear” to a Lions Den.
LOL, I guess this would be the appropriate time to say, ‘every dog has it’s day!’ This dude is under pressure to show his tail and let it wag a bit. But yes, Tea Leaf as I’ve said before we just give him the rope to hang himself with, all the while jerking the chair a lil’ bit and here we have it, the negro is dangling. Thanks for the comments as always, your input is much appreciated.
Streetknowledge don’t get me wrong I love this blog, in fact, this is my favorite blog by far. I would call what you do EDUTAINMENT. Having said all that, when it comes to Steele I have say (I told you so). I do give you credit for posting this through. Once again Steele is nothing more or less than the White Man’s Dog (the true W.M.D.)!!!!!!