June 3rd, 2009
11:06 AM ET
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    The judge herself said she "used a poor choice of words". OK, fine. If she chose her words poorly, and people are willing to turn the other cheek, why won't they turn the other cheek when Gingrich chose poor wording?

    June 3, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. sms29s

    I can only hope that Newt runs for President. Then we can trot out his sister and his first two wives to vouch for his character, compassion, past statements and actions. And we can resurrect some of his old lamebrain ideas to haunt him–such as taking all children on welfare and warehousing them in orphanages. Yes, Newt, you should not have called her names.

    June 3, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Tim C

    If CNN and the rest of main stream media would acknowledge that the whole quote was: "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," people would realize that this statement isn't racist at all. The convenient omission of "I would hope" is what has kept this sham going as long as it has.

    June 3, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. gl, Pittsburgh

    President Obama have set many traps that the racist Repubicans just couldn't avoid. President Obama play chess better than any body I have every meet. President Obama got the Republicans walking on eggs shileds right about now and I am glad just maybe we can get some peace for a change.

    June 3, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. donttreadonme

    Sotomayer may not be a racist but her comments certainly were. If she was a white male Repub making those same comments she would not have been appointed….end of story.

    Since Hispanics are an important voting segment she will be appointed. Obama had to know this would create controversy.

    June 3, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. rodlang

    I know liberals want to make a big deal out of all this but not a single GOP Senator...the people that will actually vote...has said anything derogatory of Ms. Sotomayor. They may not agree with her but the GOP Senators have been respectful and even complimentory. Sessions has complimented her. Doesn't mean he has to vote for her...remember that Obama voted against both Roberts and Alito.

    June 3, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. indiana voter

    I don't think that she herself is a racist, but she made a racist comment and that should disqualify her, if you go by the liberal democrats standards that they used against Sens. Trent Lott and George Allen. Both of these senators made jokes that were not meant to be racist and they were hammered by the liberal democrats and the media over it and it ruined their political careers. How is this situation any different? Unless liberal democrats feel they have a right to say racist things and get away with it. There is a HUGE double standard being set forth by the liberal democrat party! No one should be surprised though, as they used the race card many times in the last election to get into the White House, rather than run on experience.

    June 3, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. donttreadonme

    mike June 3rd, 2009 11:34 am ET

    Race angle on abortion?
    Liberal dog poop that is what you are Sir!

    June 3, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |

    Did he screen this statement with Boss Limbaugh? Or will he be on his knees in private asking for forgiveness from His Royal Mass of Flesh and Inhumanity?

    June 3, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. Gracie

    Of course you are Sessions, what a bunch of clowns. Republicans are NOT fooling the American people with this HOGWASH. They have done nothing but OBSTRUCT this Sotomayor's nomination since day one. The theatrics is nothing but a SMOKE SCREEN, when behind the scenes these same Republicans are causing CHAOS and plotting on stonewalling President Obama's pick.

    It really funny to watch Republicans attempt to "play nice" when their true fangs are clearly showing. LOL.

    June 3, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Ken in NC

    Judge Sotomayor says she made use of a poor choice of words. Well she is right. It was a poor choice of words. Newt spoke making use of a poor choice of words. Shoudn't he be allowed to apologize for his poor choice of words? The answer is NO. You see they say that Judge Sotomayor used a poor choice of words but she ment what she said. Well Newt did the same thing and he ,ent what he said too.
    He can retract his words and it is ok and he can go on but she cannot retract her words and move on. WOW What a double standard.

    June 3, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Independent thinker

    Based on these postings, most of you dims and left-wing haters are too stupid to recognize your own hypocrisy. Leahy attacks her critics for "the most vicious attacks" – you have a short memory, Leahy, or you, like most 'hypocrats' conveniently forget what the liberal hate machine has repeatedly tried to do republican-nominated justices. What sickens me most about your double-standard is that you remind me of a spoiled and stupid person who has cheated for years but now you have the power you want everyone to play by your rules. If a white man had said the same thing, you would be calling for a public execution!

    June 3, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. Whatz up


    Why is everyone so SCARED about this woman's credentials and her statement about being hispanics? WHITES have been doing and saying the same thing for DECADES!!!

    So PUH-LEEZE stop with the attacks. It's baseless. If you read or heard her entire comment, then YOU'D KNOW THAT!! DAH!!!

    Whites need to GET OVER themselves, they always want to have their cake and eat it too, but when someone else beats them to the punch, GUESS WHAT? All of a sudden, they don't like it.

    White America is always trying to change the rules of the GAME when minorities BEAT THEM at their own game or play by the same rules as WHITE have for DECADES!!!

    Give me a freaking break!!!

    June 3, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. barking republican ankle biters

    Sessions is foreign car company bagman.Hes just an old slave runner in the modern world.

    June 3, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    Mr. Gingrich (Not Congressman or Speaker, thankfully) obviously forgot the old but true adage, "It is better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."

    June 3, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. alvino

    I think we are going to see right wing nuts in future GEICO commercials. It is so easy, even a wing nut gets it.

    June 3, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Lynn

    Ap: Cheney's approval rating :23%
    Republican Identification: 23%

    June 3, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. alvino

    Osama Bin Laden and the right wing nuts have so much in common. They want to see Obama fail.

    June 3, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. HumbleServant

    Perhaps now the Repugnicans will make some attempt to keep their pet Newt on a shorter leash. Its wonderful to see the leadership of this party; Rush, Newt and Dick doing everything they can to demonstrate how viscious, narrow-minded and desperate they and their party of No really are. Let's see if they can drop below 20% in the next few years.

    June 3, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    It's funny how those the likes of Gingrich, Limbaugh, and the GOP in general calling Sotomayor a racist! These are the same people who don't tolerate anyone who doesn't look and think like them.

    Yes, I remember liberals' tolerance when Clarence Thomas was up for appointment.

    June 3, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Dawn in Pa

    Newt Gingrich is no longer in Congress. He has nothing to do with the conformation of Judge Sotomayor. Let that up to the the Senate and then if and when they confirm her. I applaud President Obama on his choice.

    Has anyone said something in their lives that they wish they can take back? Well that makes you human...

    Lets see what happens within the next couple of months, and then she could be on the SCOTUS and be ready to start on the First Monday in October.

    June 3, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    Osama Bin Laden and the right wing nuts have so much in common. They want to see Obama fail.

    Actually, liberal screeds against Republicans sound exactly like the press releases Osama puts out on Al Jazeera.

    June 3, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. Calista

    @ Liberal4Obama

    As a black women, I have found MY republican party to be more accepting than the democratic party. I listen to Rush everyday and appreciate his focus on the individual regardless of race while the democrats will spend their time preaching about the plight of black america. I'm black and I am successful. I did that on my own without help from the government and I don't want the government to give away what I have earned to people who blame their lack of motivation on any race. That is why I am a Republican and did NOT vote for Mao Tse Obama.

    June 3, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. Ken in NC

    Newt G. did express his thoughts and that is what he should have done. It is the best way he can help the Democratic Party. If he did not feel that Judge Sotomayor was a racist then he would have not claimed that she was.

    Newt spoke his mind and that was good because now people know his real feelings and the same applies to Bubba Bimbaugh. Newt should have know better but Limbaugh can be excused as he knows no better. I mean this is a man, Rush, that went to college for 2 semesters and one summer and according to his mother, "he flunked everything", even a modern ballroom dancing class.

    June 3, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. Adele

    How many white people in this country have EVER suffered from racism? If they did they would stop these repugnant remarks on Judge Sotomayor.

    June 3, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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