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What would happen if a white American claimed that their upbringing equipped them to make better decisions than a bunch of minorities?

Would that person get nominated for one of the most important, prestigious jobs in the whole world? One in which they are required to make decisions based on facts and law, free from prejudice?

Or would they get run out of town on a rail?

That – in a nutshell – was the point raised by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham during the recent confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama’s overtly racist nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

It’s a good point … and a fair one. Unfortunately, it seems to have been a point made exclusively for show as Graham said yesterday that he is “happy” to cast his vote to confirm Sotomayor.

From the NY Daily News:

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham urged fellow pols on Wednesday to stop making Supreme Court nominations like Sonia Sotomayor’s a “battle over our culture.”

In announcing that he’ll be “happy to vote for her,” the South Carolina moderate called Sotomayor’s hard-knocks life “a helluva story,” though he disagrees with some of her views.

“I’m voting for her because I find her to be well qualified – and elections matter,” Graham said on the Senate floor.

Wait … “elections matter?”

So do basic principles of fairness, Senator.

Look – we hate racism in any form or fashion, people, and one of the most important parts of “equality” is refusing to tolerate it – from anybody.

What’s also interesting is how Graham’s support for Sotomayor is yet another in a long line of “must-have” Democratic votes where he helps provide the ruling party with a little “Republican insurance.”

Wonder what they have on him?