Gingrich retracts racist Sotomayor remark

!Ay dios mio!

That means "Oh my God!" in Spanish.

Newt Gingrich actually retracted his comments accusing Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor of being a racist.

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"My initial reaction was strong and direct -- perhaps too strong and too direct.  The sentiment struck me as racist and I said so. Since then, some who want to have an open and honest consideration of Judge Sotomayor's fitness to serve on the nation's highest court have been critical of my word choice," Gingrich said in a letter on his Web site.

"With these critics who want to have an honest conversation, I agree.  The word "racist" should not have been applied to Judge Sotomayor as a person, even if her words themselves are unacceptable," Gingrich wrote.

I say we should look at the context of her remarks 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."

It was best pointed out in a recent New York Times editorial.

"The
context matters: she was pointing out that throughout history even
esteemed white male justices like Oliver Wendell Holmes voted to uphold
race and sex discrimination. She said accidents of birth inform
people's views, but judges must strive to look beyond them," the
editorial stated.

As I've said before people are reading too
much into this comment and thankfully some of the rabid right-wingers
like Gingrich are backing down.

Of course I don't expect Rush Limbaugh to take back his comments accusing Sotomayor of being a racist.

Hell would have to freeze over first.

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