One would expect Barack Obama to emphasize race and sex over ability when picking a Supreme Court justice, but one would not necessarily expect him to pick an overt racist and sexist such as Sonia Sotomayer. In her own words, quoted by the New York Times, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”
Can one imagine the outcry from liberals if a white male Supreme Court nominee had reversed that comment? Does anyone imagine that liberals will object to her comments?
So liberals think it's perfectly OK to make racist and sexist comments as long as they're aimed at white males. The two terms are simply rhetorical weapons used by the left to intimidate conservatives, and have lost whatever substance they once had.
One would hope that the weak kneed Republican members of the Senate will bring these comments up during her confirmation hearings, and point out that she is a racist and sexist. I wouldn't hold my breath, though.