- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich made headlines last week when he posted a message to his Twitter account suggesting Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor was a “racist.”

He offered a slight modification on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

“When I did a Twitter about her, having read what she said, I said that was racist - but I applied it to her as a person,” said Mr. Gingrich. “And the truth is, I don’t know her as a person. It’s clear that what she said was racist, and it’s clear - or as somebody wrote recently, ‘racialist’ if you prefer.”

Mr. Gingrich made the charge based on a speech she delivered in 2001 in which she said, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

President Obama has defended his judge by saying “she was simply saying that her life experiences will give her information about the struggles and hardships that people are going through that will make her a good judge.”

It is expected that Senate Republicans will question Judge Sotomayor about these remarks during her confirmation hearings. Documents released to the Senate Judiciary Committee indicate she’s made this particular comment, not once, but on several occasions.

Chavez’s comrade?

Venezuela’s left-wing president, Hugo Chavez, had fun with President Obama’s liberalism last week as the U.S. government was finalizing plans to take over General Motors.

“Hey, Obama has just nationalized nothing more and nothing less than General Motors,” said Mr. Chavez in a joking manner. “Comrade Obama! Fidel, careful or we are going to end up to his right.”

Mr. Chavez made these remarks while speaking at a lecture about the “curse” of capitalism.

He also accused the American government of some more nefarious activities, although Mr. Chavez wasn’t willing to pin the blame on Mr. Obama. Mr. Chavez said the CIA was plotting to kill him.

“I’m not accusing Obama,” Mr. Chavez said. “I think Obama has good intentions, but beyond Obama, there’s an empire - the CIA and all its tentacles: Terrorists and paramilitaries.”

Hate ratings

CNN co-founder Reese Schonfeld is blaming his network’s falling ratings on vengeful, intolerant viewers who can’t get over the fact President Obama won the election last year.

“Maybe it’s simply the need for an enemy, the desire to detest is greater than the power to tolerate; maybe it’s the need to blame somebody else for the bad things that are happening in our lives that drives viewers to Fox,” he wrote in a piece for the liberal-leaning Huffington Post.

He lamented “Fox is beating CNN almost two-to-one in most categories” and said he thinks this is the case because Republicans are channeling their frustration from the 2008 election with their remote control, away from CNN to Fox News.

“Conservatives seem so angry at their loss, so ready to blame Obama for all their problems that almost 400,000 more of them are watching Fox News this year than they did last year,” Mr. Schonfeld said. “I think they turn to Fox for comfort and confirmation. They need to hear the ranters and ravers tell them that it’s not their fault, it’s all because of those ‘Socialist Democrats.’ I have believed for years that it’s ‘comfort and confirmation’ that drove conservatives to talk radio. Now it’s television, too.”

Amanda Carpenter can be reached at [email protected] times.com.

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