Lautenberg blasts Buchanan over Supreme Court comments

Senator Lautenberg is engaged in a war of words with Pat Buchanan regarding religion and the Supreme Court. From Buchanan’s May 14 column:

If Kagan is confirmed, Jews, who represent less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, will have 33 percent of the Supreme Court seats.

Is this the Democrats’ idea of diversity?

First it was speculation about her orientation, now commentary based on her religion.That comment didn’t sit well with Senator Lautenberg:

“It is outrageous that Mr. Buchanan is using Elena Kagan’s religion as kindling to enflame opposition to her nomination to the Supreme Court,” stated Lautenberg. “Elena Kagan was chosen by President Obama because of her ability and knowledge, and Mr. Buchanan’s comments undermine her significant legal achievements. It sounds like Mr. Buchanan longs for the days when religious quotas kept people out of high-ranking positions in government.”

Maybe it’s just me, but I didn’t think about what her religion was when she was nominated.  I was more concerned with where she stood on the issues. And where were Buchanan’s objections when the court was majority catholic?

The Wall Street Journal is concerned about the loss of WASP’s on the court too. I wonder if the Senator will have a response to them.  

Comments (6)

  1. Jay Lassiter

    I jest.

  2. Jay Lassiter

    i don’t jest.

  3. deciminyan

    Buchanan is just a run-of-the-mill bigot who happens to have a bigger megaphone.  I can’t understand why any respectable news organization gives him air time.

    Who cares if a Justice is gay, Jewish, left-handed, nearsighted, or a chocoholic?  Sorry, Pat – you’re just un-American.

  4. princetonblue

    I don’t remember Buchanan or others having a problem with 6 Catholics on the court.  But if the nominee is Jewish, suddenly there’s a concern.  

  5. 12mileseastofTrenton

    And a belief that the Nazis were not that bad.


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