Obama's Supreme Court Choice: No Evangelicals Need Apply

When Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court last year, the media was full of stories of an historic first, a barrier broken. The first Latina to serve on the high court is certainly something to note. Justice Clarence Thomas was only the second black American to be nominated to the Supreme Court. His confirmation hearings, however, were hardly the stuff of "let's make history." Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Joe Biden, after promising Judge Thomas a fair hearing, enabled the worst kind of gutter rumor and "over the transom" innuendo to be introduced against the dignified and principled Clarence Thomas. All of this was broadcast on national television. Protesting strongly against hearsay evidence being dragged in against him, Judge Thomas aptly labeled Biden's "star chamber" proceedings "a high-tech lynching." Thomas was confirmed by the narrowest Senate vote in a century.  When Woodrow Wilson...(Read Full Article)