“Sotomayor a racist”: weasel worded apology from Newt

With my own apology to mammals in the genus Mustela of the Mustelidae family, the mea culpa offered up without uttering the two simple words I’m and sorry just pisses me off for its pure weaselness. In Newt Gingrich’s column in Human Events he writes: "The word "racist" should not have been applied to Judge Sotomayor as a person".
 
After this prelude, Gingrich lays out his case against Sonia Sotemayor for the mostly conservative readers of Human Events. He ends by asking if she’s  "a radical liberal activist who will cast aside the rule of law in favor of the narrow, divisive politics of race and gender identity?"
 
So he’s not saying he’s sorry for calling her a racist, just saying he shouldn’t have done so, and instead he describes her as a racist without using the word.
 
Huffington Post’s title for the piece about this is "Gingrich Takes Back Sotomayor ‘Racism’ Comment", which strikes me as inaccurate. One can’t literally "take back" calling someone a racist as if it was on loan. (CNN uses the more accurate title "Gingrich: I shouldn’t have called Sotomayor ‘racist’" on their Political Ticker.)
 
As far as I’m concerned the only way to come close to taking back calling someone a racist is by saying you’re sorry and meaning that you are sorry for noble reasons. You know, noble as in based on high moral principles.
 
I rather doubt Newt believes Sotomayor is actually a racist. If he’s at all sorry for anything it’s that he got caught in a Twitter induced spontaneous expression of nastiness that, like the swine flu, went pandemic on him.
 
Special section:
 
Politicians’ racial primer in shoulda, woulda and coulda
 
1) Shoulda (also should of, grammatical: should have
 
After the fact, use when there are consequences of saying something as a way to let your supporters know you really did mean what you said while feigning regret..
 
2) Woulda (see above for alternatives)
 
After the fact when thinking about a less politically risky way of phrasing something. Google racial code words for examples.
 
3) Coulda (see above for alternatives – rare)
 
The truth, as in "I could have actually been  racially sensitive".
 
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4 Responses to "“Sotomayor a racist”: weasel worded apology from Newt"

  1. Nogood  June 6, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Comparison to human “waste” would be more accurate. The majority of the animal kingdom would be offended to be compared to this piece of “crap”.

  2. Hal Brown  June 6, 2009 at 7:52 am

     Nogood,

    Human waste has substance and in some countries like China so-called "night soil" has been used as fertilizer for centuries.  10% of the worlds population still uses it. It is is now being turned into fertilizer in the United States, even right here in Massachusetts.

    I would compare him to flatulence which near as I can tell has no redeeming value, stinks, and actually is responsible for 18% of the world’s greenhouse gas pollution.

  3. Hal Brown  June 5, 2009 at 6:14 am

     Paolo,

    Done in my very first sentence:

    With my own apology to mammals in the genus Mustela of the Mustelidae family, the mea culpa offered up without uttering the two simple words I’m and sorry just pisses me off for its pure weaselness.

  4. Paolo  June 4, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Hal Brown, how dare you insult weasels by comparing them with Newt Gingrich!

    Weasels are highly social, friendly creatures. They’re also cute and have great fur.

    Newt Gingrich is a conniving, blowhard politician. Weasels are far superior in both moral consciousness and social skills.

    I demand an immediate apology and retraction of your insult to weasels!

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