Yesterday former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for the withdrawal of Supreme Court judicial nominee Sotomayor because of what he considers racist remarks she made.
He has a point:
Mr. Gingrich, in his Twitter feed to more than 344,400 followers, called on Judge Sotomayor to withdraw from consideration to the high court. He said her remarks citing ethnic background as a reason for making better legal decisions, if spoken by a white male, would be disqualifying.
“Imagine a judicial nominee said, ‘My experience as a white man makes me better than a Latina woman.’ New racism is no better than old racism,” Mr. Gingrich wrote on Twitter, which he uses regularly to discuss politics or promote his television appearances.
Later, during a White House press conference, Secretary Gibbs responded to a question about Speaker Gingrich’s remarks in a way I find very disturbing, in effect, warning that Sotomayor critics should be “exceedingly careful what they say.”
Watch the Real Clear Politics video here and you tell me, is the Secretary’s tone out of line?