Um, Italian is not a race.

Desperately searching for way to portray Bush's latest divisive and frightening Supreme Court pick as a poor victimized do-gooder, right wing talking points hilariously claim that it's racism behind Democratic opposition to Sammy Alito. They point to the use of Alito's well-known and widely used nickname "Scalito" in a Democratic memo. You know, he's Italian and white and Christian and all; a downtrodden people in early 21st Century America, don't you know...

August J. Pollak smirks through this post: "So, let me get this straight. Republicans spent months bragging about the chance they'll have to to nominate the first Hispanic, and claiming in advance that opposition to Janice Rogers Brown or Condoleeza Rice is 'racism.' Then Bush ultimately decides to put two white Ivy Leage men on the Supreme Court. The result? Democrats are the ones being racist!"

"[Republican Senator Orrin] Hatch, to his credit, delivered a performance of mock indignation at non-existent racism unseen since Senator Geary gave his speech about Italians in The Godfather pt. II. Nonsense like this really does make me wonder how people like Hatch sleep at night..." (August J. Pollak)

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