Andrea Mitchell did a segment yesterday afternoon about Rush Limbaugh's insane attack against Obama's Supreme Court nominee by saying Sonia Sotomayor was tearing down Martin Luther King's dream about race relations, I kid you not. Bob Shrum went off on Pat Buchanan after the MSNBC Republican analyst went into a racist diatribe about Sonia Sotomayor and President Obama.
I don't think I've ever seen him get into it like that before. Buchanan is arguing that the civil rights movement was about protecting the rights of white people. I think. The viciousness with which Buchanan talks about race in America and Sonia Sotomayor is appalling, and frankly I don't know how he sleeps at night.
Limbaugh: Now, you want to enshrine racism on the Supreme Court. It's a setback for civil rights. Dr. King, you judge a person by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. it seems that all of his proponents have forgotten his number one goal...
Yes, Limbaugh actually tried to frame this debate using MLK's best wishes against Obama and Sotomayor. Can you believe that? Pat Buchanan does.
Mitchell: Do you disagree with anything Rush Limbaugh said?
Buchanan: Yeah, I do agree, I don't agree with some of the terms, but I do agree Sonia Sotomayor [he pronounces her name wrong, probably on purpose] does believe in race-based justice basically at the expense of white males and to advance people of color. The truth is that's what Barack Obama believes as well.
See, Pat needed to disavow some of Limbaugh's rhetoric to try and outdo it apparently. When Shrum came in to respond, Buchanan attacked his own record of political victories ... and that set up the fireworks.
Buchanan: You've got that hostility and bigotry toward white males in America...
Yes, they are trying a race baiting reversal on civil rights. It's astonishing. I didn't know white men in America were so persecuted. Pat uses the Republican talking point and the distorted passage from her Berkeley talk against Sonia too.... Keep it white and male, you Republicans. It's what you do.