(This was apparently a real thing people did back then. The person Nixon tapped, Fred Malek, is now working for Gov. McDonnell of VA. Context is fun! Yay!)
Anyhoo, from Uncle Pat himself:
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.
So, my question is, does that mean Pat Buchanan is in favor of some kind of quota-system for SCOTUS based on the nation's demographics?
Or, I don't know, maybe presidents should just pick people they think would work really well with the rest of the Court?