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As I pointed out yesterday, while the official leadership of the Republican Party struggles to avoid being labeled as racists in the face of Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, the leaders of their base are projecting their own racism all over the place.

We have Rush Limbaugh:

She's got a -- she's an angry woman, she's got a -- she's a bigot. She's a racist.

Newt Gingrich goes the extra mile, and tweets his accusation from Auschwitz:

White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racist should also withdraw.

Pat Buchanan spews on MSNBC:

She is also an affirmative action pick, Chris.

And from Tom Tancredo:

I’m telling you she appears to be a racist. She said things that are racist in any other context.

So, what did Sotomayor say? Basically the same thing (although much more eloquently) that Samuel Alito said at his own confirmation hearing; that while it is a judge's job to apply the law, one cannot help but be shaped by one's own life experiences.

The bottom line is, these charges of racism are pitiful projections by angry white men who know the battle against Sotomayor was lost before it began, but who have to continue pandering to their fans to remain relevant. And after all, someone has to do the heavy lifting for the political division of the Republican Party.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu May 28, 2009 at 07:02 AM PDT.

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