When Clarence Thomas was nominated for the Supreme Court by a Republican president in 1991, conservatives eagerly pointed to his humble roots, his black color, and his EMPATHY for people. The conservatives dared Democrats to vote against an African-American nominee, even though Thomas had sold his soul and background to right-wing bigots. My, how things have changed when a liberal president nominates a Supreme Court candidate, and casually mentions empathy as an important ingredient to understand people of all economic and social class that may come before the Court.
Shame on the two-faced conservative hypocrites! However it is nothing surprising when it comes to right-wingers and hypocrisy. Think of the Clinton impeachment leaders: Henry Hyde and Newt Gingrich, both admitted adulterers. Think of Geroge Bush wearing his religion and patriotism on his sleeve, even though his own military "career" includes avoiding Vietnam combat by getting his father to pull strings... and even then he couldn't report for duty for long periods of time, fringing on being a deserter; think of this self-proclaimed Christian lying over and over and over to the American people...to say nothing of Bush and Cheney, both contriving to stay out of military action themselves and yet having no qualms about sending hundreds of thousands of Americans to fight an illegal war in Iraq. Disgusting!
"A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy." -Benjamin Disraeli
"Hypocrisy -- prejudice with a halo." -Ambrose Bierce
"I have nothing to hide. The White House has nothing to hide." -Republican President Richard M. Nixon