Had [the President] wanted to take healing action, he could have reached out and selected from among the outstanding African-American lawyers and Mississippi state court judges someone around whom all would unite and who would serve as an outstanding member of the second highest federal court in the country. Those would have been the actions of a uniter, and of someone concerned about ensuring that all Americans saw our federal justice system as one that would treat them all fairly and impartially and provide the highest quality of decision making. Instead, this President is continuing a pattern of conduct that seeks to incite and intimidate. This is part of a pattern of lamentable action and of squandered opportunities.
So now there is a racial litmus test for judicial candidates from Mississippi? Tell me this is a misstatement, Senator.
I noted last week that I was particularly sorry that the Republican majority had chosen that week to resurrect the nomination because of the insensitivity it showed to the Congressional Black Caucus, some of whose members are with us today. The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation had its annual meetings last week. The Honorable Bennie Thompson, a Representative from Mississippi, is a respected member of the Congressional Black Caucus and has opposed this nomination. I know that Chairman Hatch tried to be sensitive to other Members of Congress and I know that he would not go out of his way to offend another Member of Congress, so I am left to wonder why this matter is being forced through the Committee in this way.
Personal feelings about the crook from the Delta (Bennie Thompson) aside, it seems to me that Leahy is saying that judicial candidates who don't get at least a pass from the CBC won't be considered for the federal bench. This is revolting, to say the least.
Boring Orrin has a statement in support. But it doesn't matter. Judge Pickering's been hamstrung by the dimwit from Pascagoula, our cheerleader in chief, Trent Lott, and his stupid Strom-loving. Thank you once again, Trent.