Gingrich: Which Sotomayor will be on court?

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Friday that he wonders whether the Supreme Court nominee testifying this week in the U.S. Senate will follow the same ideology once she becomes a Supreme Court justice.

Gingrich, speaking at a news conference before a speech in Atlanta at the American Legislative Exchange Council, said that the nominee Sonia Sotomayor will surely be confirmed by the full Senate following here testimony to the Judiciary Committee this week. But Gingrich said he questions whether Sotomayor has been honest with the committee.

“The person who has testified this week is dramatically more moderate than the person who gave those speeches,” Gingrich said from a suite at the Hyatt Regency, referring to the time that Sotomayor now famously quipped that a “wise Latina” might make better decisions in some cases than a white man. “I think she will be approved by the Senate. It will be interesting to see which person ends up as judge.”

If, Gingrich said, Sotomayor votes “as a justice the way she has testified then conservatives won’t have very much to complain about. If she gets acceptance by fundamentally misleading the Senate, then I think you’ll have a very different situation.”

The loquacious Georgian also touched on other topics:

  • He won’t even begin considering a bid for president in 2012 until January 2011.

“We have so many economic problems right now and so many national security problems right now that nobody should spend much effort thinking about 2012,” he said. “They should be thinking about 2009.”

  • He said he will next week unveil a tax plan through the auspices of his American Solutions organization. The plan includes a 50 percent cut in Social Security and Medicaid taxes for two years, matching China at zero percent capital gains tax, matching Ireland with 12 percent corporate income tax and elminating the estate tax (which Gingrich and others call the death tax.
  • Following the current path in the country is madness, he said.

“We will bankrupt this country and we will have a generation unemployed,” he said.

18 comments Add your comment

DW

July 17th, 2009
4:03 pm

Please tell us, Mr. Gringrich, what you’re TRULY afraid of. You almost sound like Pat Buchanan on Rachel Maddow last night.

mike

July 17th, 2009
4:28 pm

DW – Why don’t you just come out and call him a racist. It seems to be the standard argument of liberals these days.

Whatever

July 17th, 2009
4:34 pm

Oh Newt, just shut up or run already. Geez.

@ Mike – just because you all want to act like racism doesn’t exist doesn’t make it true. You all reveal yourselves when you dismiss every allegation of racism out of hand without even having a discussion on the merits. I didn’t read anything in DW’s post that suggests Newt is a racist.

sharecropper

July 17th, 2009
4:43 pm

Now, seriously. Does anybody doubt that Newt is a racist? Always has been, always will be. Regardless, how can a discredited congressman who stole taxpayer money, who has been married three times — family values, doncha know — who divorced one wife with cancer and another by cell phone, be taken as a serious man? And anyone watching any of the confirmation hearing had to be struck by the stereotyping of old white men: hispanics are known to be hot tempered. Women are known to be unstable. She is hispanic. Damn, now we find she is a female person. She needs to ’splain. Funny, funny stuff.

mike

July 17th, 2009
4:48 pm

Whatever –

“Just because you all want to act like racism doesn’t exist doesn’t make it true.”

Oh please. I never said anything of the sort. I am fully aware that there is plenty of racism in thois country coming from all races equally. Your debating points I never made is pathetic.

“You all reveal yourselves when you dismiss every allegation of racism out of hand without even having a discussion on the merits.”

Who is the “all” that you have lumped in with? Spare me your stereotypes please.

I also never dismissed any allegation of racism. Again, your debating points I never made is pathetic.

” I didn’t read anything in DW’s post that suggests Newt is a racist.”

The implication was clear, besides didn;t you just accuse me of denying an allegation of racism? Make up your mind. Was an allegation made or not?

carpetbagger

July 17th, 2009
4:52 pm

Predictably, Gingich ends up as the topic when the article’s about Sotomayor. Huh? I’m convinced she’ll vote with Stevens, Ginsburg, and Breyer 80-90% of the time. Only Republican presidents are boneheaded enough to nominate justices who go against their own political base.

mike

July 17th, 2009
4:53 pm

sharecropper –

“Does anybody doubt that Newt is a racist? Always has been, always will be”

Any evidence for this scurlious slander. Or are you just resorting to the most popular tactic of the “intellectual” and “tolerant” left: accusing some of being racist. Back up the claim or admit that you are just mindlessly attacking those who don’t share your narrow views.

“Regardless, how can a discredited congressman who stole taxpayer money, who has been married three times — family values, doncha know — who divorced one wife with cancer and another by cell phone, be taken as a serious man?”

Let me guess, you are one of the angry liberals who like to accuse conservatives of judging other people’s morality. The hypocrisy is laughable. Let me guess, you also have no problem with Clinton’s or Edwards’s moral choices.

“And anyone watching any of the confirmation hearing had to be struck by the stereotyping of old white men: hispanics are known to be hot tempered. Women are known to be unstable. ”

Yet more desperate searching for racism. I remember plenty of questions about McCain’s temperament and he ain’t a minority.

It is very amusing to hear a hypocrite complain about stereotyping in the same sentence that he complains about “old white men”. Like most liberals, your definition of “tolerance” is limited to tolerance for those who look and think like yourself.

Pete

July 17th, 2009
5:20 pm

It’s unbelievable that Newt has a PhD. Most of his public positions and statements are strictly for the benefit of a mythical uneducated, blustering Republican base that is far below his presumed intellectual level and far to the right of mainstream Republicans. I heard him speak on technology policy quite a few years back, and he actually made sense. Lately he’s been drinking the same “simple solution” kool aid as Zell Miller. As for tax proposals, why doesn’t he come up with a really creative solution, such as a consumption tax of 15% plus a flat income tax of 5% on EVERYTHING – wages, interest, dividends and capital gains. Get rid of the loopholes and it could be done.

jack

July 17th, 2009
5:24 pm

Yes, of course you right wingers want him to be President… he has all the right wing qualifications: he commits adultery while pretending to be pious (he recently admitted he was having an affair on his second wife while criticizing Clinton; he supports the marriage act while on his 3rd marriage; and like most right wing politicians, he never picked up a gun to defend his country (Newt dodged the draft like Bush, Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Delay and others.

Yes, I know Jesus forgives him, of course.

catlady

July 17th, 2009
5:50 pm

Which Newt will show up next week? The “Family Values Newt or the Newt who cheated on wife number one, or the Newt who cheated on wife number two, or…..

luke

July 17th, 2009
6:04 pm

NO GOOD ANY ONE THAT DID HIS WIFE LIKE HE DID NO GOOD FOR SURE .

JC in Powder Springs

July 17th, 2009
6:11 pm

Actually, Gingrich DIDN’T question Sotomayor. Gingrich does not hold elective office, therefore he wasn’t involved in the senate confirmation process. He was forced to quit congress in disgrace. He also isn’t a journalist and if he was, I doubt Sotomayor would give him the time of day for an interview. No, Gingrich is just a windbag bloviating in any direction where someone stupid enough might be listening.

Joseph

July 17th, 2009
8:17 pm

Social Security is going to run out of money so we are going to cut the rate 50%? Is Newt going to propose cutting benefits to retirees? Or the “socialist solution” of paying benefits based on need?

And his corporate tax rate cut, will that include the elimination of loopholes and other breaks that actually lead to an effective rate close to 12%? Did you know these bankrupt companies get to keep their tax carry forwards? Sure I’d be in favor of eliminating junk like that, Obama said he would also favor that. But look even Obama can’t get the useless Raptor F22 funding cut because of 2 Republican GA senators are lobbying to keep the pork in the defense budget even though the military doesn’t want it.

dmac

July 18th, 2009
8:10 am

Newt is exactly the right person to spot a phony and a radical. After all, it was Newt who served divorce papers to his wife when she was in the hospital recovering from surgery. And wasn’t he having an affair with his third wife while he was telling us that Bill Clinton should be impeached for his indiscretions.

On the radical side, Newt has been telling people all kinds of wild stuff, like we are in the midst of WWIII or was it WWIV.

I love nutty Newt.

Nutty Newt 2012!!!

Will Jones - Atlanta

July 18th, 2009
9:57 am

Pulled from the American Legislative Exchange Council’s website are the following leaders whose affiliation with this organization must be punished by, on margin, “taking our business elsewhere.” We, the People, are hundreds of millions strong, they are tens of thousands of fascists, mobsters, bribers of public officials, and supporters of the Gay Old Pervert party’s sectarian factionalism and transgenerational treason.

Only this sort of treasonous organization would care to affiliate with Pierre DuPont’s “boy,” serial adulterer, draft-dodger, pervert, and recent convert to Roman Catholicism, Newt Gingrich.

Those with connections to our own beloved Coca-Cola have Echols remove his name from the list immediately.

National Chairman
Mr. Jim Epperson, Jr., AT&T Services, Inc.

First Vice Chairman

Second Vice Chairman
Mr. W. Preston Baldwin, UST Public Affairs
Mr. Pat Thomas, UPS

Treasurer

Secretary
Ms. Sandy Oliver, Bayer Corporation
Mr. John Del Giorno, GlaxoSmithKline

Immediate Past Chairman
Mr. Jerry Watson, American Bail Coalition

Board Members
Ms. Sano Blocker, Energy Future Holdings
Mr. Bernie McKay, Intuit, Inc.
Mr. Don Bohn, Johnson & Johnson
Mr. Mike Morgan, Koch Industries, Inc.
Mr. Jeff Bond, PhRMA
Mr. Kevin Murphy, ExxonMobil
Mr. Raymond Bracy, Wal-Mart
Mr. David Powers, Reynolds American Inc.
Mr. Derek Crawford, Kraft Foods, Inc. Mr. Ron Scheberle, Chairman Emeritus
Mr. Matt Echols, The Coca-Cola Company
Mr. William Smith, Pfizer Inc.
Mr. Ken Lane, DIAGEO
Mr. Russell Smoldon, Salt River Project
Mr. Kelly Mader, Peabody Energy
Mr. Toby Spangler, Altria Client Services, Inc.
Mr. Bob McAdam, Darden Restaurants, Inc.
Mr. Roland Spies, State Farm Insurance Companies

sjhdesign

July 19th, 2009
1:59 pm

This is what Newt Gingrich said about former Chief Justice William Rehnquist following his death in 2005:

“His life of public service is much to be admired and is a model for future generations seeking to preserve and extend freedom. ”

So let’s see, Sonia Sotomayor is a ‘racist’ due to her ‘wise latina’ comment and because she chose not to legislate from the bench in the Ricci case and the conservative majority of the SCOTUS did.

And the late Judge Rehnquist who:

-wrote a controversial 1952 position paper urging his then boss Justice Robert Jackson to vote aginst integrating the Topeka schools in the landmark Brown v Board of Education decision

-wrote an equally controversial memo to Jackson in 1953 urging him to vote to uphold whites only primaries in Texas in Terry v. Adams. In this memo Rehnquist said “It is about time the Court faced the fact that the white people of the south don’t like the colored people”

-as a private attorney in 1964 appeared befrore the Phoenix, AZ city council to urge the rejection of a proposed city ordinance prohibiting stores and restaurants from barring blacks from their establishments

-as Nixon’s attorney General in 1968 spearheaded the Supreme Court nomination of Harold Carswell who twice ran for the Georgia state legslature as a segregationist candidate

- in 1970 cast the sole dissenting vote in the Supreme Court’s 1970 decision to deny tax exempt status to Bob Jones Universtity due to its racially discriminatory policies

is ‘a model for future generations seeking to preserve and extend freedom’?

Sorry, something is not adding up here. Only a flaming hypocrite could consider Sotomayor a racist and Rehnquist a champion of freedom.

Will Jones - Atlanta

July 19th, 2009
9:57 pm

Rehnquist was the “Fifth” papist who made Hitler’s banker’s homosexual draft-dodging grandson president so he could commit 9/11. While he was alive he called himself “Lutheran,” just as Knight of Malta Prescott Bush, who financed Hitler and the Holocaust for the papal aristocracy called himself “Episcopalian,” but when he died he had the funeral in St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, well away from Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court, and much farther than closer Lutheran Churches.

Rehnquist is accursed, a traitor to the Constitution, and a racist.

ghostwriter

July 20th, 2009
6:51 am

My daughter is part of the high school class of 2009. I wonder which one of her classmates will be Newt’s next wife?