Southern Republicans have used parliamentary maneuvers to block approval of a highly qualified African-American ... a handful of Senators from the old Confederacy ...While Louis Butler is unquestionably highly qualified to the federal judiciary, I fail to see how labeling his detractors a gaggle of unreconstructed white supremacists advances his cause at all.
No serious observer doubts that, were Obama to nominate a white male who was less qualified and less committed to a constitutionally based application of the rule of law, the Senate would move quickly to confirm the president’s pick.
True, Jefferson Sessions is an insufferable dingbat and he and his Republican colleagues' obstruction of Louis Butler's nomination is borderline irrational, but the Capital Times's desire to relitigate the U.S. Civil War fails to account for the Senate confirmations of Ojetta Rogeriee Thompson, Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., Andre M. Davis, or James A. Wynn, Jr.,* all of whom are African-American judges.
Those are some of President Obama's nominees to the Circuit Courts of Appeals. The Capital Times's editors can do — and should have done — their own homework with respect to the District Courts.
* Marquette 79.