Skip to main content

A short highlight reel of the GOP's shameless attack on Thurgood Marshall during today's Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Elena Kagan:

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

The two stand-out statements from the Republican side of the aisle had to be from Hatch and Kyl, and that's not stand-out in a good way.

Here's what Hatch said in his opening statement:

We also know that you have spoken about your judicial heroes. One hero is Justice Thurgood Marshall, for whom you served a law clerk. Thurgood Marshall, of course, was a famous lawyer for, among other cases, having won the landmark civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education. But from his self-described judicial philosophy and his performance on the bench, it is clear that Justice Marshall was a judicial activist as I have described that phrase earlier. Thurgood Marshall described his judicial philosophy as ‘do what you think is right and let the law catch up.’

A Salt Lake Tribune reporter caught him after the hearing and asked:

Would Hatch have voted for Marshall?

“Well, its hard to say,” Hatch said.

Then there's Kyl:

Ms. Kagan identified Thurgood Marshall as another one of her legal heroes. Justice Marshall is a historic figure in many respects. And it is not surprising that as one of his clerks, she held him in the highest regard. His judicial philosophy is not what I would consider to be mainstream. As he once explained, you do what you think is right and let the law catch up. He might be the epitome of a results oriented judge.

Apparently they think "results oriented" isn't as laden as "activist" these days. Thurgood Marshall was the attorney who won Brown v. Board of Education. He was the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court. His personal achievement and his voice on the court furthered the cause of civil rights immeasurably. It seems that Republicans are as anxious to piss off and alienate African Americans with this nomination as they were Latinos with Sotomayor's.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Jun 28, 2010 at 06:46 PM PDT.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site