“a new and improved way to play the race card”

The Declining Utility of the Politics of Racial Resentment (Tuesday, July 14, 2009), Jack M. Balkin, Balkinization:

“I was speaking with a colleague today about the various rhetorical attacks now being levied on Judge Sotomayor — equating the idea of empathy for those less fortunate with prejudice, and offering Judge Sotomayor’s background as a reason to think that she could not be an impartial jurist (as opposed to persons with backgrounds like those of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito, for example). Both of these ideas come from the mouth of that paragon of judicial probity, Jeff Sessions, Senator from Alabama. It is a new and improved way to play the race card, to seek to imbue issues of judging, impartiality and fairness with decidedly racial overtones…”

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