A week after calling Sonia Sotomayor a "racist" in reference to her 2001 "wise Latina" remarks, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday he's now open to supporting President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.Good for Rush on changing his mind and supporting Sotomayor. Now's a bad time for the GOP to risk pissing off their Hispanic base and the feeling here is that Sotomayor will not be an activist judge like Ruth Ginsburg--indeed, even liberals are scared at what type of Justice she'll be on the bench. And Rush still needs to quit with the "racist" stuff, because while she's may've made some silly comments (that were similar to Justice Alito IMO), there's just nothing in Sotomayor's legal record that proves it.
"I can see a possibility of supporting this nomination if I can be convinced that she does have a sensibility toward life in a legal sense," Limbaugh said on his radio program.
Limbaugh's statement comes the same day former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who himself derided Sotomayor as a "racist" last week, wrote in an op-ed that he regretted his choice of words.
On his show Wednesday, Limbaugh said his potential support of Sotomayor stems from the nominee's unclear stance on abortion coupled with the fact that she is a Catholic.
"I don't know that it will ever happen, but if you know, the opportunity to get somebody like her, she's a Catholic, she's a devout Catholic, she's a Hispanic Catholic, Puerto Rican, they tend to be devout, she hasn't got a record on this. Normally liberals do have a record," Limbaugh said.