The party of ‘no’ | VailDaily.com

The party of ‘no’

Jim Cameron
Vail, CO, Colorado
newsroom@vaildaily.com

There is an old political saying that states, “When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” The far right conservative wing of the Republican Party is intent on learning that old lesson the hard way.

The latest example involves Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. High-decibel speakers for the GOP such as Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich among others have already accused Sotomayor as being a Latina racist.

As proof, they take a snippet of text from a far-ranging speech she gave at the University of California, Berkeley. Taken out of context, the snippet spoken in the third person suggests that a woman attorney of her humble upbringing, education, race and gender might, more often than not, reach better judicial decisions than white males. There you have it ” blatant racism!

When you read the full speech delivered at UC Berkeley, the opposite impression is left. Sotomajor is making the point that the more diverse a judge’s life experience is, the more likely he or she is to consider a broader range of arguments and nuances within a defined legal context.

Her speech also admits her own humility in her efforts

to serve the public trust in

following the dictates of the

Constitution. The likes of Rove, Limbaugh and Gingrich were going to attack whomever President Obama nominated to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter, so this is just political gamesmanship.

The truly sad part of this parody is that moderate Republicans such as Colin Powell and Tom Ridge are being drowned out by the extremists in the GOP. The GOP now represents about 20 percent of the population, and that figure will go down further after the 2010 midterm elections. The GOP is about to disappear as a viable political party. Who knows what will arise from the ashes?

Just as the GOP has passed a resolution within its own ranks asking the Democratic Party to rename itself as the Democrat Socialist Party, the Democrats should ask the GOP to rename itself as the party of no new ideas, no new solutions and no change of any kind. Things are just fine as they are, after all.

A footnote should say that the new NoNoNo Party is proud to be composed of old, white, Southern Catholics and Evangelical Christians and those corporate CEOs of more Northern origin. Ouch! Was that fair? Of course not. I’m just playing by the rules of Rove, Limbaugh, Gingrich, et al.

Jim Cameron

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