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“Splainin’ to Do”

That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) took some heat for his Ricky Ricardo quote at Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing on Wednesday. The coment was made in a light-hearted moment, when Sotomayor was explaining her views on self-defense and, Coburn quipped, “You’ll have lots of ‘splainin to do.”

“It was insensitive,” Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, a Texas Democrat who chairs the Hispanic Caucus Civil Rights Task Force, told Time. “It probably demonstrates where the Republican Party is today. They just don’t get it. This is a serious issue for many members of the Latino community. Growing up, you’re very conscious of the mispronunciation of words. Sometimes it was also a subject of humor, but I think Dr. Coburn doesn’t understand the stereotyping he was engaging in.”

Republicans, already struggling with the loss of Hispanic voters in the last election, have been a bit perplexed with how to query Sotomayor. This probably isn’t that big of a flap, but it also doesn’t help. TV Land shows “I Love Lucy” reruns endlessly without complaint, but it’s a far different context for a conservative Republican, with a strong stance against illegal immigration, mimicking Desi Arnaz before the first female Latino nominated to the Supreme Court. Word of advice: Don’t quote Bill Dana’s Jose Jimenez for the Apollo anniversary.


 

Quotable: “Joe the Plumber — you can quote me — is a dumbass. He should stick to plumbing.” Meghan McCain, on Joe the Plumber, Samuel Wurzelbacher, in the latest “Out” magazine.

Fey The Emmys: Tina Fey was nominated for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in the “Saturday Night Live” election specials. Among the other nominations of note: HBO’s “Generation Kill,” for miniseries; HBO’s “taking Chance,” for TV movie; the “Kennedy Center Honors” and “Will Ferrell” Your Welcome, America: A Final Night with George W. Bush,” for comedy, variety or music program; Glenn Weiss, for directing the “The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration;” and nods for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Colbert Report,” “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The complete list here.

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