Republicans seem to have picked a meme for fighting the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court: She's a racist!
It's on all the wingnut tongues. We had Tom Tancredo spewing this line on The Ed Show yesterday -- yeah, the same Tom Tancredo who once sang "Dixie" with the members of a white supremacist organization, and whose entire presidential candidacy was built on bashing Latinos.
You could kinda see where this was going then.
Sure enough, the rest of the Right's leading Racial Sensitivity icons -- Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter and Pat Buchanan -- all were singing the same chorus: "She's a raaaaaacist!"
Limbaugh: The infamous Donovan McNabb incident is only the tip of his lengthy race-baiting record.
Beck: The guy who likes to link Latinos to crime and hyperventilates about Mexican crime regularly.
Coulter: The woman whose new book soft-pedals the existence and activities of white supremacists.
Buchanan: The man whose recent books have been rehashings of old white-supremacist eugenics from the early 20th century, fretting about white privilege being overturned by an evil brown tide.
Coulter's a classic case of this: As Diane Sawyer tried to get her to talk about the upside of seeing a Hispanic woman nominated to the Supreme Court, Coulter dourly refused, pouting that liberals hadn't done the same for Clarence Thomas or the execrable Miguel Estrada.
Yeah, those are just ideal people to be leading this charge for Republicans.
UPDATE: Newt Gingrich joins the parade. He fits right in.