that the Senate Judiciary Committee's Republicans have so far one solo
talking point, that being that Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first
African-American to ever serve on the Supreme Court, was an "activist
judge," and because Elena Kagan clerked for him, she must be tainted by
her association with him.
Marshall, of course, successfully argued before the
Supreme Court - when he held the Solicitor General's job that Elena
Kagan currently holds - that the 1898 Plessy versus Ferguson "separate
but equal" racial doctrine should be overturned, and the Court
unanimously agreed in its "Brown versus Board of Education" decision.
But these Southern State Senators, particularly
Alabama's Jeff Sessions, are apparently still smarting over being forced
by the Court to accept integration of workplaces, neighborhoods, and
Once again, the hard reich in the Republican party
shows their true stripes, and doesn't even have the common sense or
moral compass to be embarrassed by it.
mentioned Thurgood Marshall - in a negative context - nearly twice as
many times in their opening remarks as they mentioned their other
boogeyman, the current President of the United States, an
African-American who wouldn't be President if Marshall hadn't
successfully argued that case before the court.
Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. www.thomhartmann.com
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