(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.
Thank you Rush. Drive the Hispanic voters away from the GOP. Wow!! I hope you have a long career ahead of you as you do all you can to ensure the survival of the Democratic majority.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
The only racist here, Rush, is you. You're a college dropout, you have no room to be critical of someone whom has accomplished so much.
Rush Limbaugh needs to disappear from the face of the earth for good, that would make most American happy.
C'mon Rush, a guy like you should really know the difference between a racist and a bigot.
CNN, why do we have to see this guy's face on your site every single day of the year?
Why does CNN continue to quote the nonentity blowhard Limbaugh?
Not that Rush Limbaugh ever actually considers the context of a source...
Talk about missing the forest for some trees, Rush Limbaugh, youre the last one to be accusing anyone of racial anything!
CNN thank you again for reminding us again about the dangerous ignorance of the radical right.
They are the masters of taking a soundbyte out of context, lying about what was stated and using it to incite hate.
Poor Rush, the world is such a scary place for him. Not everyone is white, male and uninformed enough to be duped by his demagogery.
I guess if anyone would know about being a racist...
Rush Limbaugh ought to know a racist when he sees one, being that he is one of the most racist people there is! I wish that fat bag of wind would shut up and go away for good. But to do that, people have to stop listening to his facist rants! Please stop listening to this jerk!
This guy is SICK
I have really had enough of the idiot called Rush Limbaugh. He is exactly what is wrong with the Republican Party. No matter what the Democrats do, they are wrong...they are racist...they aren't patriotic....they are terrrorists. I would love the man actually TRY to compromise, or TRY to be a TRUE America, suck it up and work in unison. Oh wait, its easier for him just to complain. Go back to your hole Rush!!!!
Silly Robert Gibbs, Rush never ever ever takes the entire context of anything.
I am a white woman and I put down white men when they are in the form of Rush Limbaugh. When will this man go away. He has absolutely no relevance in the world today....He portrays in himself the things he screeches about in others. He is creepy...
Give it up for Rush Limbaugh, who claims to be the least racist person in the world. Everytime he speaks, the GOP goes further into its death spiral.
Limbaugh accusing someone of being a racist? Oh the irony! And please explain too me how the party who believed that the genius Palin was qualified to be VP yet, someone who was at the top of her class at Princeton and has many years on the bench is not intelligent.
Limbaugh is scum!
keep it up Rush. we love you man. only you in your infinite wisdom would be smart enough to call her a racist. that is sure to rally the moderates and ensure victory for the GOP.
It's time for your pain medication. The pain must go deep and long for you.
It is so sad that the republican party has to turn to such a bag of hot air a tub of lard and fat mouth for representation. How pathetic to keep seeing this man in the news spouting his hatred and we in America are giving him a listening ear with CNN suport Shameful Shameful and so very sad.
What now, Rush forgot to take his pills! He doesn't rest, racist fat pig!
Rush, put a sock in it. You are just one big headache of an individual – and far too full of yourself.
I guess it takes a racist to know a racist.
What a mouthpiece! His aggressive and outrageous attack makes him the Democrat's own reverse good luck token. Too bad Harriet Myers is no longer around. His naked fear of education and experience outside his own circle reveals his own ugly ignorance.