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You’ve got some splainin’ to do,” quips Coburn (R-Nick-at-Nite) during Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings. Sessions III, (R-Foghorn Leghorn) can’t stop expressing reservations on how she might just be racist.

If it wasn’t for Franken (D-Five Days in Office), the hearings would be unbearable – the Daily Show is right, he’s a walking SNL skit. Face it, GOP, if you wanna get outta the hole you’ve dug, you gotta stop digging.

Hypocrisy

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How can Republicans possibly call Sotomayor racist?

Have they forgotten what racism looks like?

Strom? Is That You?

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The GOP, already frothing at the mouth at just how much power Obama has – even though he’s basically gonna replace a fairly liberal judge with a fairly liberal judge, changing nothing – has chosen Jefferson Sessions (the thuhd) of Alabamer for the Senate Judiciary Committee.

How conservative is Sessions? The New Republic did an article on him in 2002 comparing him unfavorably against Strom Thurmond. To quote,

Hebert testified that the young lawyer tended to “pop off” on such topics regularly, noting that Sessions had called a white civil rights lawyer a “disgrace to his race” for litigating voting rights cases. Sessions acknowledged making many of the statements attributed to him but claimed that most of the time he had been joking, saying he was sometimes “loose with [his] tongue.” He further admitted to calling the Voting Rights Act of 1965 a “piece of intrusive legislation,” a phrase he stood behind even in his confirmation hearings.

It got worse. Another damaging witness–a black former assistant U.S. Attorney in Alabama named Thomas Figures–testified that, during a 1981 murder investigation involving the Ku Klux Klan, Sessions was heard by several colleagues commenting that he “used to think they [the Klan] were OK” until he found out some of them were “pot smokers.” Sessions claimed the comment was clearly said in jest. Figures didn’t see it that way. Sessions, he said, had called him “boy” and, after overhearing him chastise a secretary, warned him to “be careful what you say to white folks.”

Watching the Republican party implode is like watching all the insanity of the political process over the last 30 years in a VH1-style flashback. I hope they make a big thing out of this; it might be their last big thing.

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