Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- Liberal opinion is engaged heavily now in belaboring Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh for calling the Prophet Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, a racist. The proximate cause for this charge is the following statement by Judge Sotomayor to an audience at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2001: "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."

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Well, possibly the bigotry inhering in that line does not rise to the level of being racist. So will the critics accept the appellation "supremacist"? Based on the meaning of Judge Sotomayor's statement, "supremacist" certainly applies. Yet if Judge Sotomayor were to disagree with me, I guess she would be right. After all, I am a white male, and according to her, she, "a wise Latina woman," would "more often than not reach a better conclusion" than I. Now, what kind of a society have we arrived at through Judge Sotomayor's reasoning? It is a society in which some groups are superior to others, namely, wise Latinas are superior to the rest of us. That is not what I call progress over intolerance, bigotry or, for that matter, stupidity.

Nonetheless, this is the mindset of liberals who hold sway at the nation's law schools. Professor Barack Obama had the same point of view when he taught at the University of Chicago Law School, which he made clear back in September 2005, when, as the junior senator from Illinois, he voted against the confirmation of Judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court. As Sen. Obama saw it, Judge Roberts lacked the background to judge with "empathy" on a range of issues, from affirmative action to abortion to something about the Commerce Clause; on that something, he was inscrutable to an Obama-like extent.

The consequence of Sotomayor and Obama's bigoted mindset is that they are, by definition, right, and those who disagree with them are wrong. This is classic ipse dixit reasoning, which is to say, reasoning based solely on the assumed superiority of one's standing. Again, this is the reasoning of a supremacist. It is intolerant, bigoted and surprisingly stupid.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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