The effusive propaganda has been aimed directly at charming its captive audience, the Republican Base, a rather truculent minority that responds to right-wing hysterics with Pavlovian froth. The trick is to keep the base fully mobilized to become a coherent force to recapture the GOP's "core values" with a third of the electorate. The inspiration may lie in a late poll of by a conservative website managed by lobbyist Richard Viguerie, an influential Beltway tax cut pest. The survey indicated that 91 pct. of the nation's conservatives believe that Obama belongs in one of four anti-American categories: Socialist, Marxist, Communist or Fascist. Some of the dumber respondents will argue that he is all of the above.
So you can see that the Goebbels Gang needs little encouragement to slander Sotomayor, of Puerto Rican descent, as a stupid off-white woman - this, from a party without a single African American in the House or Senate and an embarrassing one on the U.S. Supreme Court who reportedly hasn't asked a single question from his loft in three years.
Before we reach again for the aspirin bottle, let's tune in on Karl Rove, who was clearly not impressed with Sotomayor's superb academic distinction of Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton who went on to preside over the Yale Law School Journal. Rove needs a rest after he huffed: "I know a lot of stupid people who went to Ivy League Schools." In fairness, it was a busy day and he could be excused for overlooking his former boss.
There's more. "She's a bigot! She's a racist," ranted Rush Limbaugh. "She should be stopped, She's a horrible pick!'" Pat Buchanan, MSNBC's omnipresent Archie Bunker with a track record of demeaning immigrants, Jews and other minorities , impatiently accused her of being "not that intelligent". Pat Robertson came out of mothballs and hastily concluded that Sotomayor "was the worst of them all." Newt Gingrich flat out called her a racist - imagine that from a guy who cut his ideological teeth in Georgia. Liz Cheney was quite disturbed that Sotomayor would make judicial decisions based on her "heart or empathy" adding, '"I think that's dangerous."
Whooa, there Liz. Don't you remember that President George H.W. Bush, in nominating Clarence Thomas, described him as a "delightful and warm, intelligent person who has great empathy and a wonderful sense of humor."
Empathy? It's something the Goebbels Gang never had - and never will.