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PAT BUCHANAN: [Puerto-Rican] Judge Sotomayor is up there at school in New York, she gets a scholarship to Princeton, she’s graduated with all these big honors and awards they said she never won. What’s she doing there in the summer? They said her adviser told her to read children’s classics so she can learn English better. How do you graduate number one in Princeton if you’re in the summer and you’re reading Rumpelstiltskin and Snow White? [laughter] […]

PETER BRIMELOW: I really do recommend the language issue because you know that polls better than immigration and affirmative action. Eighty-five percent of Americans say they would favor official language policy. The wonderful thing about this issue if you look at what’s going to actually happen here is you’re going to find that the Obama administration is going to gradually institute institutional bilingualism in the country. It’s going to be required to speak Spanish in key positions, the police force and so on. This is a direct attack on the American working class because they are not going to be bilingual.

[From ThinkProgress]

Okay, wait. Because Obama hasn’t gotten enthusiastically behind the “make English the official language” campaign, he’s a part of some big evil Latino conspiracy? Does Obama even speak Spanish?

Also, only Pat Buchanan would act as if graduating number one in Princeton after growing up in a Spanish-speaking home were somehow less impressive. I don’t know who this “they” is that’s claiming she didn’t win awards, but I do know plenty of people who learned English as a second language and have absurdly high GPAs.

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