Grumpy Old People (G.O.P.)

Sonia Sotomayor has finally reached the summit of the Supreme Court after many tedious days of wading through the whiny, self serving line of questioning thrown at her by the esteemed senators from the South. 

Senator Jeff Sessions, whose real name is Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, (you can’t make this stuff up) of Alabama was one of the top inquisitors.  Sessions, whom I will now refer to as “Hector the Projector”, tried to hold up the racist mirror to Sotomayor but couldn’t keep his own face from filling up the frame.

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina wagged his finger at Sotomayor like she was a wife in a 50’s sitcom and lectured her on her “temperament.”  This from the same man who, during the presidential campaign, was joined at the hip to John McCain, who famously called Sen. Pete Domenici an “A–hole” during a budget meeting.  Domenici gave a dignified reply, only to have McCain further assert that “I wouldn’t call you an A–hole unless you really were an A–hole.”  So much for anger management.

But the zenith (or the nadir, depending upon your point of view) of the proceedings was Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, where the wind comes rushing out his mouth and not sweeping down the plains.  He told Ms. Sotomayor that she will have “lots of ‘splainin’ to do” in the future.  Ouch.  Did this man even have a clue to whom he was speaking? 

The G.O.P. has been reduced to an intrepid band who long for the good ol’ days that never were for a lot of folks.  They have resorted to terror tactics in disrupting town hall meetings on health care.  One very well-fed woman ranted “I want my America back!!”  Which America was that, ma’am?  The one where there were restrooms marked for “Colored” only? 

So in honor of Sonia Sotomayor’s historic appointment to Justice of the Supreme Court, I’ve dedicated this ATC with a quote by the late George Carlin. 


3 thoughts on “Grumpy Old People (G.O.P.)

  1. You hit the nail on the head here. As we watched old white man after old white man attack Sotomayor, the racist subtext seemed pretty obvious, but you are the first to explicitly call it out. The concern about “putting personal feelings before the law” is clearly a euphemism for “are you going to help brown people?”


  2. Thank you for your comments, thoughtbasket and Robert Brent! If it had been me undergoing that inquisition, I would have been over the table and at their jowly throats at the first demeaning question. I guess it’s a good thing I’m not a judge.


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