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Jun. 29 2010 - 12:43 am | 162 views | 0 recommendations | 3 comments

GOP Attacks Thurgood Marshall In Kagan Hearing

The GOP in Texas pushed hard to get Thurgood Marshall removed from social studies textbooks, and today I watched in absolute disgust as the GOP in Washington actually smeared Thurgood Marshall during Kagan’s nomination hearing.

Here’s Dana Milbank’s take on this appalling example of the complete degradation of the Republican Party: Kagan may get confirmed, but Thurgood Marshall can forget it.

As confirmation hearings opened Monday afternoon, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee took the unusual approach of attacking Kagan because she admired the late justice Thurgood Marshall, for whom she clerked more than two decades ago.

“Justice Marshall’s judicial philosophy,” said Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, “is not what I would consider to be mainstream.” Kyl — the lone member of the panel in shirtsleeves for the big event — was ready for a scrap. Marshall “might be the epitome of a results-oriented judge,” he said.

It was, to say the least, a curious strategy to go after Marshall, the iconic civil rights lawyer who successfully argued Brown vs. Board of Education. Did Republicans think it would help their cause to criticize the first African American on the Supreme Court, a revered figure who has been celebrated with an airport, a postage stamp and a Broadway show? The guy is a saint — literally. Marshall this spring was added to the Episcopal Church’s list of “Holy Women and Holy Men,” which the Episcopal Diocese of New York says “is akin to being granted sainthood.”

This foul talking point bubbled up from the very worst fringe elements of the right wing, and yes — at its core, this is pure and simple racism.


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    PS: To be perfectly clear, Taranto also criticized Bodeker, along with the praise for the film. The point is, there should have been no praise for such a poisonous source.

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    Not sure if my first comment went through. At least I don’t see it. Here it is, with less links, so as to avoid spam-catcher:

    Charles, this is an offtopic comment, but I think this is something you would be interested in.

    Take a look at this site promoting a documentary “A Conversation about Race”:

    http://www.aconversationaboutrace.com/reviews/

    The film is praised by WSJ/Taranto, by the Political Cesspool, by the notorious Holocaust denier Fred Toeben, by Darin Miller of the Big Hollywood, by American Thinker, VDARE, Stop the ACLU, American Renaissance…

    And condemned by SPLC.

    This is a true nexus of the far right craziness, with the full spectrum from “respectable” Taranto to the utmost scum like Toeben.

    BTW, here’s a comment supposedly by Bodeker:

    http://www.foundingbloggers.com/wordpress/2010/01/chris-matthews-is-a-bigoted-liar-and-we-have-the-proof/

    “Gee, Chris Matthews, and the rest of the MSM are anti-white?
    How long did it take you to figure that one out?
    ANYONE who believes that bringing diversity to a majority-white nation is desirable, or even acceptable , is guilty of supporting ethnic cleansing. Diversity is codespeak for eliminating whites.
    ANYONE who believes that there are too many white people in America, and that adding more browns and blacks is a solution in and of itself, is a hater of whites, and should be treated as such. Calls for diversity are calls for our murder!
    If a vision of a fully white community is somehow evil, or “racist,” than isn’t is a vision of a community with equally distributed members of all races just as evil? Aren’t the both simply race-based preferences? Why is one a national goal, while the other is a Crime Against Humanity?
    The MSM help non-whites achieve local-majorities, while at the same time ignoring whites’ current, real majority. As soon as we douche these anti-white haters from our lives, things will begin to make a little more sense….”

    And here are even more vile quotes from SPLC:

    http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2009/10/09/a-peek-behind-the-curtain-views-of-a-racist-filmmaker/

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    Usually the Supreme Court nomination hearings are dominated by guns and abortions. So race is back, and Kyl’s the guy.

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