The Nation on the wingnut reaction to the Sotomayor nomination:
Of all the comically desperate attacks on Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor last week–she belongs to the “Latino KKK” (Tom Tancredo), she’s a “Hispanic lady chick” and a “Marxist” (Glenn Beck), she’s “racist” (Beck, Newt, Tucker, Coulter, Rush, to mention a few)–the only one with real conservative cojones is the charge that real Americans are being forced to “unnaturally” emphasize the last syllable of her name instead of the first. Get us by the short tilde and our hearts and minds will follow.
“Are we supposed to use the Spanish pronunciation, so-toe-my-OR, or the natural English pronunciation, SO-tuh-my-er…,” asked the now Worst Person-ed Mark Krikorian, a National Review blogger and the executive director of the anti-immigration Center for Immigration Studies. “Putting the emphasis on the final syllable of Sotomayor is unnatural in English,” he went on, “and insisting on an unnatural pronunciation is something we shouldn’t be giving in to.”
Krikorian. Yup. Sounds like a name that came over on the Mayflower to me.