Saturday, May 15, 2010

Pat Buchanan Preaches Diversity

He’s at it again. Pat Buchanan, the former Nixon speechwriter, presidential candidate, and frequent commentator on MSNBC, bemoans the fact that President Obama didn’t nominate “one of [his] own,” and if Elena Kagan is confirmed, the Supreme Court will have three Jewish justices.

Not since Thurgood Marshall, 43 years ago, has a Democratic president chosen an African-American. The lone sitting black justice is Clarence Thomas, nominated by George H. W. Bush. And Thomas was made to run a gauntlet by Senate liberals.

Indeed, of the last seven justices nominated by Democrats JFK, LBJ, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, one was black, Marshall; one was Puerto Rican, Sonia Sotomayor. The other five were Jews: Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan.

If Kagan is confirmed, Jews, who represent less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, will have 33 percent of the Supreme Court seats.

Is this the Democrats’ idea of diversity?

But while leaders in the black community may be upset, the folks who look more like the real targets of liberal bias are white Protestants and Catholics, who still constitute well over half of the U.S. population.

Not in living memory has a Democratic president nominated an Irish, Italian or Polish Catholic, though these ethnic communities once gave the party its greatest victories in the cities and states of the North.

What happened to the party of the Daleys, Rizzos and Rostenkowskis?

And not in nearly half a century has a Democratic president nominated a white Protestant or white Catholic man or woman.

Since when did Pat Buchanan ever give a rat’s ass about being PC when it comes to diversity? Apparently when it looks like the boys at the country club don’t get their guy on the court.

Aside from the odious bigotry that all Jews or blacks or whatever ethnic group all vote alike, the WASP stronghold has been well covered by the nominations and confirmations of John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, and historically by Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, David Souter, and Sandra Day O’Connor… as if keeping score really matters. What does matter is that someone like Mr. Buchanan is still considered to be a worthwhile commentator on TV. He belongs in that corner where they keep people like Fred Phelps.