June 3rd, 2009
09:54 PM ET
5 years ago

Limbaugh ready to support Sotomayor?

Limbaugh could support Sotomayor, but said he still thinks she is a racist.
Limbaugh could support Sotomayor, but said he still thinks she is a racist.

(CNN) - A week after calling Sonia Sotomayor a "racist" in reference to her 2001 "wise Latina" remarks, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday he's now open to supporting President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

"I can see a possibility of supporting this nomination if I can be convinced that she does have a sensibility toward life in a legal sense," Limbaugh said on his radio program.

Limbaugh's statement comes the same day former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who himself derided Sotomayor as a "racist" last week, wrote in an op-ed that he regretted his choice of words.

On his show Wednesday, Limbaugh said his potential support of Sotomayor stems from the nominee's unclear stance on abortion coupled with the fact that she is a Catholic.

"I don't know that it will ever happen, but if you know, the opportunity to get somebody like her, she's a Catholic, she's a devout Catholic, she's a Hispanic Catholic, Puerto Rican, they tend to be devout, she hasn't got a record on this. Normally liberals do have a record," Limbaugh said.

But, unlike Gingrich, the conservative talker did not back away from his contention Sotomayor is a racist.

I didn't know why he retracted it," Limabaugh said of Gingrich. "What is it? It's racism, reverse racism, whatever, but it's still racism, and she would bring a form of racism and bigotry to the court. But as I said yesterday, folks, I'm - I'm - I may look past that.

Meanwhile, Obama officials have said the president has not directly asked Sotomayor how she might rule in abortion rights cases, but California Democrat Dianne Feinstein - who met with Sotomayor Tuesday - said that the judge believes strongly in legal precedent.

"I believe she has a real respect for precedent and … if that is really true then I will agree with her, and I believe it is," said Feinstein, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Filed under: Extra • Rush Limbaugh • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Truman Tucker

    As usual, the liberal Rush-haters are POURING in to say how much they don't care about what Rush says.....even though they read EVERY rush story posted on here. Don't care? Then don't read it.

    June 3, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. Nick S

    Why is this a surprise? There's no way in a million years she will have his views on this issue so it's a moot point.

    June 3, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Fourechodog

    He's playing you people... The Communist News Network will now ask THE big liberal litmus test question: "Are you now, or have you ever been against Roe v Wade..." And, they will think it was their idea.

    June 3, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. butterfly

    It doesn't matter if Rush supports Judge Sotomayor or not. I mean really, what does this one man's opinion have to do with the process of selecting and approval of her? He doesn't get to decide or have a vote in this issue. Who does he think he is. Have all the Republicans been waiting with baited breath to hear his opinion. Have they talked to Rush privately to make him tone down his rhetoric.
    And Rush is the last person who I want to have any say so in the abortion issue. For him to think he can make woman do what he wants with regards to their body is rather disgusting.

    June 3, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Operation Crush Rush

    Great job crushers.He cracked,but the job is far from done,he will continue to lie about many things,be we will catch him in everyone.

    June 3, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. Lisa

    People are sick of the hate these repubs are spitting out. They are no different the AlQueda.

    June 3, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. louise

    Rush,Beck, and Hannity all fall in same catagory.....uneducated and unqualified to give factual information. It speaks volumns about the people that listen to them, Republicans really need to find some new spokesman!!!!

    June 3, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. jmccoy

    Rush backed down because it appears now that Sotomayor may be the Latina equivalent of Clarence Thomas. ALthough the New Hampshire case gets all of the attention, it appears that she has a record of voting AGAINST minorities. That being said, i still support her nomination and I hope that she will be fair to EVERYONE regardless of their ethnicity. I see her as being more of a moderate than a liberal. That will be fine. Souter was a moderate which says to me that he was not a slave to any party but committed to his conscience and the constitution. I have to respect that.

    June 3, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. JonDie

    Does anyone care who Rush Windbag supports or doesn't support?

    June 3, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. Simpliticus

    The "racist" epithets simply didn't work! Limbaugh, Gingrich, and others who could lose lots from this policy have to retract their assessments on Sotomayor. Others like Tancredo who do not have anything to lose will continue to lambaste Democrats and Sotomayor with this "racist" epithet. It is that simple! There was nothing to this effort in the first place but when you have more than one person attempting to sling the arrows of discontent for a person on the other side of the fence with policy and so forth, one makes the attempt. Limbaugh now has David Duke to concern himself and that doesn't bode well for the de facto leader of the GOP. Sotmayor is now a shoe in for the Supreme Court, the battle is over! And the GOP knows it! This dog won't hunt no more!

    June 3, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. sonora hills

    I only read SNIFFIT's (the real one) comments. CNN should hire him . Sniffit cuts thru the BS and gets right down to it. To save time, just scroll comments until you hit Sniffit......always worth reading

    June 3, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. S M R

    Limbaugh knows his stance on many issues are totally ridiculous and the American people are tired of it all. Time to come aboard and help Obama restore our economy and show the world that the U.S. of A is rid of the bullying Administration. Happy days are here again :)

    June 3, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. GaryNOVA

    He is just an entertainer people! He's playing you like a fiddle. I was listening to him when he said this and it was literally 1 commercial break from saying that she's racist and should be opposed. I'm not even sure he's a conservative. He's just a smart dude who's good at talking and getting people angry.

    June 3, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Avi Shlomo

    Is this the begining of the rehabiltation of the crazy of the village? It must be a voice of convenience. As much we do not accept voices of intolerance directing at us from outside the USA, we should deal with same voices of hatreed and divisive such as of this crazy man. people who understand freedom should call on the sponsers of his radip sherade and ask them to pull off their financial support the same way people are dealing with another crazy voice "Savage"

    June 3, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. idnar

    sooooo.... if she's against abortion then she's qualified to be on the Supreme Court? Way to go, whackos!

    June 3, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  16. therealmarie

    Oh, the damage this meanspirited racist has done. May the fallout be felt in the ballet box.

    June 3, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. quarterback

    I thought he was going to reveal that he was gay.

    That he and Bill O'retard were secret lovers.

    What a disappointment....

    June 3, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    @ sonora hills, who said "I only read SNIFFIT's (the real one) comments. CNN should hire him . Sniffit cuts thru the BS and gets right down to it. To save time, just scroll comments until you hit Sniffit……always worth reading"

    haha...and the Great Internet Conundrum reveals itself...I don't know whether to thank you or lambaste you for leveling a sarcastic backhand at me.

    June 3, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. roberto

    Flip-flop, flip-flop...who cares what this hateful person says along with Darth Vader Cheney?...Oh, that's right, only idiots!

    June 3, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  20. Peter E

    Wow, what is this world coming to. Limbaugh actually checked a fact? This isn't a trend, right? He isn't becoming a fact-checker? What would his beloved neocon following do if Limbaugh was basing his punditry on actual facts?

    June 3, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  21. RJ

    i wish both would just go away! No one cares about the opinion of Pill Popper and no one needs one who feels sorry for a particular race, sex , or religion making decisions at the highest court!

    June 3, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. di

    has he now graduated from college?

    June 3, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. erik

    There is no way anything that Rush says can be trusted. It doesn't matter if his remarks are against, or for, something that might be construed as helpful to the Democrats. Everything he says is tainted by his agenda.

    June 3, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  24. David

    Who cares what the entertainment has to say. They only serve one purpose, and that is to entertain their audience. If their audience is stupid enough to confuse entertainment for reality, then that's their loss.

    June 3, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  25. John

    Every Country is known by its Speakers on Media (Radio, TV, etc.)

    We don't want Idiots like Limbaugh to be a reflection of our Country.

    He has Defamed Sotomayor, by talking what he believed was not the true reflection of her.

    He should be prosecuted.

    June 3, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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