Yesterday on his radio show, conservative host G. Gordon Liddy continued the right wing's all-out assault on Judge Sonia Sotomayor. First, just like Tom Tancredo, Liddy slammed Sotomayor's affiliation with the civil rights group La Raza — and referred to the Spanish language as "illegal alien":
LIDDY: I understand that they found out today that Miss Sotomayor is a member of La Raza, which means in illegal alien, "the race." And that should not surprise anyone because she's already on record with a number of racist comments.
Finished with the race-based attack, Liddy moved on to denigrate Sotomayor's gender:
LIDDY: Let's hope that the key conferences aren't when she's menstruating or something, or just before she's going to menstruate. That would really be bad. Lord knows what we would get then.
Finally, Liddy disputed the entire idea that there's anything wrong with the paucity of women and total lack of Hispanics on the Court:
LIDDY: And everybody is cheering because Hispanics and females have been, quote, underrepresented, unquote. And as you pointed out, which I thought was quite insightful, the Supreme Court is not designed to be and should not be a representative body.
Among the many things wrong with these statements is the fact that there already have been two female US Supreme Court justices. The first was appointed by none other than the patron saint of the wingnuts, one Ronald Reagan. But maybe Sandra Day O'Connor was done menstruating. Or she was taking testosterone injections. Or she was assumed to be conservative.
The denigration of the Spanish language and of Latino culture is icing on the bigotry cake, especially as the Republicans fall all over themselves courting "the Hispanic vote".