May 27, 2009
I THINK HE’S ENJOYING THIS TURNABOUT THING: Gingrich: Sotomayor ‘racist,’ should withdraw nomination.
Robert Gibbs, meanwhile, thinks people should be careful about what they say. Where have I heard that before?
UPDATE: Ah, Politico is remembering the same thing:
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs issued a pointed warning to opponents of Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination Wednesday, urging critics to measure their words carefully during a politically charged confirmation debate. . . .
In 2001, then-White House press secretary Ari Fleischer drew criticism in the press for suggesting Americans “need to watch what they say” in the overheated aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
But that was a scary threat of totalitarian censorship. Well, to Frank Rich, anyway.