(CNN) - While Republicans on Capitol Hill appear to be adopting a wait-and-see approach with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh is taking direct aim at President Obama's choice for the high court.
Calling Sotomayor a "racist" and a "hack" on his radio show Tuesday, Limbaugh took particular issue with a 2001 speech at Berkeley during which she stated a "wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."
"Here you have a racist – you might want to soften that, and you might want to say a reverse racist," Limbaugh said of that comment.
"And the [liberals] of course say that minorities cannot be racists because they don't have the power to implement their racism," he continued. "Well, those days are gone because reverse racists certainly do have the power to implement their power. Obama is the greatest living example of a reverse racist, and now he's appointed one."
"She's not the brain that they're portraying her to be. She's not a constitutional jurist," Limbaugh also said, referencing a New Republic article last month in which Jeffrey Rosen, the magazines legal affairs editor, wrote that "her opinions, although competent, are viewed by former prosecutors as not especially clean or tight, and sometimes miss the forest for the trees."
"She is an affirmative action case extraordinaire, and she has put down white men in favor of Latina women," Limbaugh said.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs defended Sotomayor's Berkeley comments Tuesday. "If you look at the context of the longer speech that she makes, I think what she says is very much common sense in terms of different experiences, different people," he said.
I guess I'll never get to be anything. I'm a white male.
Fat, racist white man – please shut the hell up! Everyone I know is sick and tired of hearing this drug abusing gas bag. I keep praying to God that he has a heart attack that kills him soon!
Hooray for Limbaugh. Saying how it is.
common case of the Pot calling the Kettle racist.
Yeah! FATSO!!! you would know about being a racist.
Oh yes, she is your worst nightmare Rush. LOL.
Here he goes again, Rush at his finest. Does he not get it? Kritik is Ok, but that kind of mudslinging is not fitting any american radio host. Shame on you. You are not qualified to judge any appointment. Well, keep it up, the democrats will love you. A concerned citizen.
He's only hurting the GOP with his nonsense. Let him talk.
Obviously, someone hid Rush's "prescription" drugs and he is on another temper tantrum. Why does he hate anything Obama does so much?
Wow...she's being called a "racist" and it hasn't been 24 hours! And "She's not the brain.." even after making it through Princeton and Yale Law School. I'm feeling bad for this woman already. All because she is Latina, certain people automatically think she could not possibly be qualified.
thanks to rush for giving us the benefit of his legal training.
I'm flabbergasted that anyone actually takes this man seriously.
Only a fat, white, drugged up gasbag would call Sotomayor a racist.
I'm a Libertarian – but really – why does anyone listen to RL?? The man is nothing but destructive the the Republican Party, except those at the far extreme and they aren't getting elected in today's environment. Since I hate the government to be in my wallet or my bedroom why do people listen to him? beats me.
Rush, give me one example of how Obama is a racist, in fact "the greatest examples of a 'reverse' racist," just one.
is this guy really call someone a racist?????? Well you know what they say it takes one to know ONE
if sotomayor and obama are "reverse racists," then what are you rush? im pretty sure you have been bashing minorities since you were birthed. open your eyes and realize that white supremacy is no longer the greatest thing in the world.
ohh yea, also try a diet plan. that can help you out too so you wont have to take oxycotton to reduce the pain of looking at yourself in the mirror.
I agree with Limbaugh. If a white male nominee had promoted himself by saying that a " Wise white man with the richness of his experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a non-white woman who hasn't lived that life." , I imagine liberals would, justifiably, be very vocal in their condemnation of that statement.
The only racist I see is Limbaugh. He needs to take his angry, hateful, anti-American remarks and slither under a stone.
What will this moron actually agree with?
This is just more of the same anti everything crap that Lameballs spews forth.
Who gives a fat rats butt what he thinks or says.
Maybe his kidneys will fail or he will overdose his fat butt.
You keep calling people liberals. Like some bad people, close to terrorists. Well, how about the statue of Liberty. Should we tear it down?
rush – you are just trying to cause another stir – you remind me of the guy on the radio stirring up hatred in the movie "hotel rawanda"!!! i'm not saying you are racist but you are acting just like one! – you don't know the woman shut up for a second and learn her full background before you put your hatred out!
Wow. He dumb.
just stop giving this bonehead(limpburger) a voice..he has a radio show..if we wanted to hear the vitriol he has to spew to justify his paycheck..we can listen to it..
apparently in rush's la-la land everyone but him is racist..