In a column published, not surprisingly, at WorldNetDaily, Patrick J. Buchanan expresses concerns about the number of Jewish people on the Supreme Court:
[O]f 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?
Buchanan doesn’t mention, of course, that six of the last seven Justices appointed by Republicans were Catholics, and that, after Kagan’s confirmation, Catholics will represent 66% of the makeup of the Supreme Court even though they only represent less than one-quarter of the American population.
Is that the Republican’s idea of diversity, Mr. Buchanan ?
This isn’t really surprising. Buchanan pretty much said the same thing last year during the Sotomayor hearings:
That was a few months before he argued that World War II was Poland’s fault for not surrendering to Hitler’s invading tanks.
And, as David Weigel notes, this is not Buchanan’s first foray into “diversity” on the bench:
Buchanan has been clamoring for more whites to get Supreme Court seats for four decades, and in 1971 he wrote this in a memo to President Richard Nixon.
Italian Americans, unlike blacks, have never had a Supreme Court member — they are deeply concerned with their “criminal” image; they do not dislike the President. Give those fellows the “Jewish seat” or the “black seat” on the Court when it becomes available.
The court now has two Italian American members, so Buchanan revisits his obsession to make a tiresome argument — that Obama is passing over theoretically qualified white candidates and that, hint hint, this provides an opening for conservatives.
Pat. I think your antisemitism is showing, again.