With the Sotomayor nomination, many conservatives have been shrieking about ‘reverse racism’–you know, how the white man is being kept down, in this case by TEH LATINAZ!! AAAIEEE!! Well, wouldn’t you know, but conservative icon Ronald Reagan was a big supporter of reverse sexism (video and transcript):
As I said during the campaign, I’ve long believed that the time has come for the highest court in our land to include not only distinguished men, but distinguished women as well. … I had the pleasure of meeting with Mrs. O’Connor last week and I can report to you that she not only has a long and brilliant record as a legislator and jurist, but she also impressed me as a thoughtful, capable woman whose judicial temperament is highligh appropriate for the court.
Needless to say, most of the speculation has centered on the question of whether I would consider a woman to fill this first vacancy. As the press has accurately pointed out, during my campaign for the Presidency I made a commitment that one of my first appointments to a Supreme Court vacancy would be the most qualified woman I could possibly find.
How politically inconvenient. Why did Reagan hate ‘real Americans’?
Next we’ll find out he prosecuted waterboarding as torture.