Friday, July 17, 2009

Watch Pat Buchanan make a fool of himself on MSNBC

Pat Buchanan, a conservative Evangelical Christian minister and political activist, goes on a rant about how Judge Sonia Sotomayor only got where she is because of affirmative action and how she isn't qualified to be a Supreme Court justice. Judge Sotomayor may well have benefitted from affirmative action to get a foot in the door, but that foot in the door won't do anything if you aren't qualified. And indeed, the American Bar Association rates her as "well qualified" for the Supreme Court. An ABA committee rates potential nominees as not qualified, qualified, or well qualified. The committee evaluating Judge Sotomayor unanimously voted her as well qualified.

Ironically, Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas, both Republican appointees, did not receive unanimous votes stating that they were well qualified. Thomas is African-American and sits on the court; liberals disagree with most of his decisions and he was nominated. Bork is White and received several "not qualified" votes; he was not confirmed and is not on the court.

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