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Today we nominate (and will certainly confirm) U.S Republican Senator James Inhofe from Oklahoma. Sen. Inhofe is no stranger to controversy and reality-denial — as in his position on global warming makes clear. I am certain that he will appear on this page in the future.

Here’s the reason we feature him on Hypo Watch today. From Think Progress:

“Echoing statements by nativist former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) and former KKK Imperial Wizard David Duke, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) called Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor a “racist.””

I am going out on a limb here, but I think Sen. Inhofe would feel differently about the Judge if she was not of Puerto Rican ancestry.

Interestingly, while Inhofe is convinced that the first Latina nominee to the Supreme Court is consumed by racial animus, he had very different things to say about a fellow Southern white conservative.  After former Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) claimed that America would have avoided “all these problems” if it had put a segregationist in the White House, Inhofe quickly came to Lott’s defense:

“In an effort to honor the life and service of Strom Thurmond, Senator Lott made some comments that he probably wishes he had phrased differently,” Inhofe said. “I do not believe Senator Lott meant to be malicious or racist with the comments he made. I believe he was merely honoring a great American on his 100th birthday, but I believe he is right to apologize for the words he used. Racism of any type must not be tolerated.

Maybe we should call this post Racist Watch.

Here’s the full Think Progress article.

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