I noted earlier in A New Supreme Court Justice that diversity is the primary consideration among Democrats for a nominee to replace Associate Justice David H. Souter on the Supreme Court.
President Obama is searching for the best legal mind in the country, of course, as long as the possessor of that mind is empathetic, sensitive to the needs of the less-privileged, and not overly attached to that tired old Constitution and the laws. However, as a first priority that ideal nominee must be female, African American, or Hispanic. White males, Jews (I suspect), and anyone else not in the favored diversity categories need not apply.
The New York Times published an editorial yesterday that provides a clear window into this leftist thinking. It starts out bemoaning the assertion that Federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor is being subjected to unfair character assassination even though she hasn’t been nominated. Then the editorial defends her, even though she hasn’t been nominated and no public vetting of her has occurred. It’s enough simply that she’s a female Hispanic, apparently.
The editorial goes on to praise a number of potential nominees, all of them in the quota-worthy categories. There seems to be no one in the United States outside those categories who would be suitable for nomination to the Supreme Court, in the opinion of The New York Times.
And then the conclusion:
Conservatives also have been attacking some of the potential nominees for being gay, possibly gay, or “gay friendly.” At a time when states such as Iowa and Maine are legalizing same-sex marriage, Mr. Obama should not be deterred. Adding a gay justice would make the court more fully representative of the nation.
The White House has no doubt been reviewing a long list of nominees. When President Obama makes his decision, he should ignore the uninformed and mean-spirited chattering and select the best person for the job.