by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Two years ago, Presidential Candidate Joe Biden promised to nominate someone with black skin for the United States Supreme Court, should he ever get the opportunity. With Justice Breyer announcing his retirement, President Biden now has the opportunity.
Sorry, Dr. King. A nation in which citizens are judged ‘by the content of their character” and not “the color of their skin” isn’t going to happen on Joe Biden’s watch. He judges nominees on the color of their skin.
It’s curious that now, as President, Biden limits the pool of possible Supreme Court jurists to people with dark pigment. In 1991, then-Senator Biden had an opportunity to assist Clarence Thomas take a seat on the Supreme Court bench. Yet, Biden did everything within his power to stop it. …
… The colorblind Constitution, Thomas has argued persuasively, trumps blatantly unconstitutional, tribal policies of race-based preferences, discrimination, and affirmative action. Against progressive tribalism, group-based rights, and entitlements, Thomas demonstrates that only the equal protection of the laws for the equal natural rights of each and every United States citizen aligns with the good and true principles of the American Founding.
When President Bush nominated him for the Supreme Court in 1991, Clarence Thomas quickly learned that his greatest opponent was neither the Ku Klux Klan nor any racist rural sheriff. It was Joe Biden — then a United States Senator and chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee — and the mostly-white, college-educated progressive political allies who joined Biden’s effort to destroy Thomas. …
… Biden oversaw the Senate committee hearing degenerate into a bawdy, desperate farce, welcoming Anita Hill and setting the precedent for unsubstantiated accusations of sexual harassment eclipsing serious discussions about the judicial branch, its purpose within our constitutional republic, and the constitutional mastery someone should possess before accepting a seat on the bench.