Scott Wheeler

Obama missed an opportunity to be presidential and instead chose to play gutter politics and show himself for the hack that he is. He could have nominated a qualified and acceptable candidate for the Supreme Court who would have, regardless of the person’s race or gender, had bipartisan support. But instead of rising above partisan politics and delivering the “change” he promised during the campaign, he called a play right out of the standard Democrats’ dirty tricks playbook: the race hustle. The mainstream media did their part by reading directly from the Democrat talking points and repeatedly added the White House manufactured line “How can Republicans oppose Sonia Sotomayor without alienating Hispanics?” What an awful insult to the Hispanic community to suggest that their interests are no deeper than the color of someone’s skin. How sad it is that Obama would select someone whose judicial views are so antithetical to the constitution and then use that person’s race to divide the country for his political benefit?

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So concerned is the Obama administration about a close examination of Sotomayor’s judicial record, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs issued this warning: “I think it is probably important for anybody involved in this debate to be exceedingly careful with the way in which they’ve decided to describe different aspects of this impending confirmation,” signaling that any opposition to Sotomayor’s nomination would be considered anti-Hispanic.

Scott Wheeler

Scott Wheeler is executive director of the National Republican Trust PAC. Wheeler is a former television producer, international investigative journalist, and veteran of the U.S. Army infantry.