[Guest post by DRJ]
The Wall Street Journal was not impressed with Barack Obama’s answer when Rick Warren asked which Supreme Court justices he would not have nominated. Obama replied “that’s a good one” and added:
“I would not have nominated Clarence Thomas. I don’t think that he, I don’t think that he was a strong enough jurist or legal thinker at the time for that elevation. Setting aside the fact that I profoundly disagree with his interpretation of a lot of the Constitution.”
The Journal compared Obama’s and Thomas’ experience and background and found Obama lacking:
“So let’s see. By the time he was nominated, Clarence Thomas had worked in the Missouri Attorney General’s office, served as an Assistant Secretary of Education, run the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and sat for a year on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the nation’s second most prominent court. Since his “elevation” to the High Court in 1991, he has also shown himself to be a principled and scholarly jurist.
Meanwhile, as he bids to be America’s Commander in Chief, Mr. Obama isn’t yet four years out of the Illinois state Senate, has never held a hearing of note of his U.S. Senate subcommittee, and had an unremarkable record as both a “community organizer” and law school lecturer. Justice Thomas’s judicial credentials compare favorably to Mr. Obama’s Presidential résumé by any measure. And when it comes to rising from difficult circumstances, Justice Thomas’s rural Georgian upbringing makes Mr. Obama’s story look like easy street.”
The Journal notes that Obama “instinctively reverted to the leftwing cliché that the Court’s black conservative isn’t up to the job” and failed to deliver on his promise of civility and “bringing people together.” No wonder, the editorial concludes, Obama doesn’t speak at open forums. He might “let slip what he really believes.”
Here’s something the Journal didn’t say it but I will: Obama found a way to throw Clarence Thomas under the bus. Maybe his idea of uniting people means we all end up together under the bus.