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May 14, 2010

PAT BUCHANAN DOES HIS BEST PAT BUCHANAN IMITATION.... Pat Buchanan's record on diversity and ethnicity should, under sane circumstances, force him from polite company.

And yet, syndicated columns like this one, published today, don't seem to interfere with Buchanan's lucrative career as a high-profile American media personality.

[O]f the last seven justices nominated by Democrats JFK, LBJ, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, one was black, Marshall; one was Puerto Rican, Sonia Sotomayor. The other five were Jews: Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan.

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?

But while leaders in the black community may be upset, the folks who look more like the real targets of liberal bias are white Protestants and Catholics, who still constitute well over half of the U.S. population. [...]

[N]ot in nearly half a century has a Democratic president nominated a white Protestant or white Catholic man or woman.... If Kagan is confirmed, the Court will consist of three Jews and six Catholics (who represent not quite a fourth of the country), but not a single Protestant, though Protestants remain half the nation and our founding faith.

Regular readers may recall that, not quite a year ago, Buchanan encouraged the Republican Party to engage in more race baiting and insisted that the key to GOP success in the future is doing more to appeal to whites. He added that the GOP should tell whites that "their sons and daughters are pushed aside to make room for the Sonia Sotomayors."

The mind reels.

Steve Benen 3:10 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (42)

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Isn't Buchanan famously Roman Catholic - and aren't Roman Catholics the single most heavily represented group on the Court - well ahead of their share of the general population? I don't remember Buchanan fuming religion about Roberts or Alito when they were appointed by Bush.

I also didn't know that we had a "founding faith" which somehow or other must be credence to - isn't that something like quotas or affirmative action or something else that Buchanan would find distasteful if applied to non-white people?

Posted by: andy on May 14, 2010 at 3:25 PM | PERMALINK

True, but he's more famously anti-Semitic. One of the few National Review issues I bought years ago had a lengthy article by William F. Buckley on Buchanan and anti-Semitism. If I remember it correctly, Buckley concluded that Buchanan was not anti-Semitic, but should really shut up concerning both Jews and Israel.

Posted by: Rathskeller on May 14, 2010 at 3:29 PM | PERMALINK

So many things could be said in response. The simplest is that this is another empty set of words that signify nothing.

I'm a WASP male and don't give a hoot about things the justices have no control over (did anyone have a choice about who their parents were?).

I much prefer a justice who believes the constitution is a document on which to base laws rather than a unitary executive who might as well be a monarch.

Can we focus on things that matter?

Posted by: nerd on May 14, 2010 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

I'll adopt his purging and re-assignment of SCOTUS to white males - just as soon as we purge Congress and re-assign its seats accordingly to reflect American demographics.

Posted by: Heraclitus on May 14, 2010 at 3:31 PM | PERMALINK

Easy to see why the Republicans admire this guy so much - he truly speaks for their core values

Posted by: Mark-NC on May 14, 2010 at 3:33 PM | PERMALINK

Huh. And I was just thinking we need an Atheist in there. Also, we don't have any goth chicks on the Supreme Court.

Posted by: chrenson on May 14, 2010 at 3:37 PM | PERMALINK

In Buchanan world you are only a "real" Catholic if you are a white male, so Sotomayor and Thomas do not count as Catholics.

Posted by: Tired liberal on May 14, 2010 at 3:45 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps I overlooked the part of the Constitution that required the court to be ethnically and religiously representative of the country.*

Also, when I hire people, their religion and sexual preference are off limits. Perhaps the people of the United States would do well collectively to extend that same courtesy to those they intend to hire.

*I'm sure this clause also relegates that requirement to liberal or minority Presidents. White Republicans are beholden to no such restriction.

Posted by: doubtful on May 14, 2010 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

The Last Nazi Coddler

A couple of weeks ago Parade Magazine ran this great piece on the OSI's Eli M. Rosenbaum the last nazi hunter. This copy and paste is from it:

The OSI’s actions have raised some criticism. Retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk, 90—now on trial in Munich, Germany, as an accessory to the murders of more than 29,000 Jews at a Nazi concentration camp in German-occupied Poland—was originally charged as another man called “Ivan the Terrible.” Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan has long derided the OSI as a group of “ hairy-chested Nazi hunters” and questioned why the U.S. is devoting money to “running down” aged camp guards.

Posted by: koreyel on May 14, 2010 at 3:50 PM | PERMALINK

yes, those highly progressive republicans are soooo diverse. the comparable "last 7" noms by R Presidents were (I'll go 8 because the last 3 were for the same seat):

Harriet Miers

6 white males, 1 Uncle Tom, and a woman chosen for her crush on W.

6 of the 8 are Catholic or Jewish.

Explain to me how this is any better, other than in Buchanan's world where it is better because the list is nearly all white?

Posted by: zeitgeist on May 14, 2010 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

Buchanan is a guy with flat-out racist opinions who is, none the less, given a pass by mainstream media. Why? Well, he lives in Chevy Chase, is soft-spoken in person, and owns a cat. He's "one of us," and that's what matters.

Posted by: MattF on May 14, 2010 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

@doubtful...very well put. After I read Buchanan's diatribe, I was quite speechless so it was with much gratitude to read your remarks.

Posted by: whichwitch on May 14, 2010 at 3:55 PM | PERMALINK

It would appear that Pat may have contracted the same disease that afflicted Robert Novak.

Posted by: buddym on May 14, 2010 at 3:56 PM | PERMALINK

Nicely tendentious framing by Buchanan there, limiting it to "the last seven" nominees, which conveniently cuts off JFK's first appointment, Byron White, who was a white Episcopalian.

And of course, he could have looked at the last five Republican appointees and seen that it included two Italian-Americans and an African American.

Posted by: TR on May 14, 2010 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

Buchanan's complaint might bring unwelcome attention to another feature of the Court: Thanks to the Republicans, People Like Pat (Idiots) are also overrepresented.

Posted by: Boolaboola on May 14, 2010 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

Buchanan long ago shot his credibility as any sort of independent commentator, and revealed himself to be the racist, anti-semitic hack he so clearly is. He wanders back and forth between 'journalism' and being a candidate for office (or pretending to be) as if there are no ethical boundaries between the two. Okay. There aren't any ethical boundaries between journalism and anything else these days.

The self-described Catholic school brawler, who loved a fist fight, is now just a grouchy, angry old man and opportunist, playing it for all the bucks he can rack in. Like John McCain and Liz Cheney exactly what does he bring to a news program that is worthwhile? Answer: nothing.

Posted by: rrk1 on May 14, 2010 at 4:04 PM | PERMALINK

Pat Buchanan Advocates Quotas.

Nice headline.

Posted by: Mudge on May 14, 2010 at 4:08 PM | PERMALINK

Wait, isn't Sotomayor a Catholic? Oh right, she doesn't count for Buchanan. Not white enough.

Posted by: KevinNYC on May 14, 2010 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

#1 nails it -- I don't see Buchanan complaining about the predominance of Catholics on the Court.

But aren't conservatives supposed to be against racial quotas anyway?

Posted by: Gregory on May 14, 2010 at 4:20 PM | PERMALINK

Also too, Buchanan repeats the lie that Protestantism was the U.S.'s "founding faith," or indeed that the U.S. had a "founding faith" to begin with.

Posted by: Gregory on May 14, 2010 at 4:21 PM | PERMALINK

Buchanan should not have said that. I just don't know what happened to him. Up until the last couple of years, he was a really fair-minded and unprejudiced guy.

Posted by: MathewRMarler on May 14, 2010 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

"Pat Buchanan says what we're all really thinking." -Mika Breszinski

Posted by: Jim on May 14, 2010 at 4:40 PM | PERMALINK

"the folks who look more like the real targets of liberal bias are white Protestants and Catholics"

Weird. Catholics are overrepresented, as percentage of the population.

Not to take Buchanan's race-baiting too seriously, but don't we liberals believe that diversity in an organization is a value onto itself? (Not as important as competence and others maybe, but a positive value?)

If we liberals believe that the world is a better place with a diversity of views represented, with fewer old white men in our political and economic institutions, should we be bothered if, for instance, Jewish Americans are massively overrepresented?

What if the court was 90% African American? Personally, I'm cool with it, but I thought we lefties agreed with the idea, pace Sotomayor, that people of different backgrounds bring an extra value, by virtue of that different background, to an organization. What if the court was 100% Hasidic Jews, or Mormons?

Posted by: flubber on May 14, 2010 at 4:48 PM | PERMALINK

Hate to say this, but poltically speaking he's right about the GOP's options right now. Once immigration reform is at the top of the agenda, and Latinos see the conservative backlash and racism, it will most likely complete the realignment of latinos to the DEMS (similar to the civil rights movement). The only alternative at that point (electorally) is to essientially make an explicitly race-based argument for voting for the GOP. They will double down on issues like reverse racism (affirmative action, etc) and appeal to white's sense of victimhood and alienation.

That strategy will either cause an extraordinary racially divided electorate or the GOP's implosion, here's hoping for the latter, but I'm not sure.

Posted by: Archon on May 14, 2010 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

Wait, wait, I'm confused. So now Obama is a Jew-lover and an Israel basher?

Posted by: jvwalt on May 14, 2010 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

Pat Buchanan is a Nazi stick puppet. 'Nuff said....

Posted by: S. Waybright on May 14, 2010 at 5:44 PM | PERMALINK

I have never understood why this guy is an accepted contributor to the MSM.

Until a year or two ago his website "Forums" section had a forum that was dedicated to Holocaust denial. It was everything you would expect -- made RedState look like the Disney web site. Finally someone publicized it and tons of folks wrote to his network and one day it disappeared.

He is a hateful SOB and contributes nothing to political discourse. Folks like this should be ignored, not given primetime network exposure.

Posted by: JCT on May 14, 2010 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

wasn't it molly ivins who said of buchanan's speech at the '92 repub convention, "it probably sounded better in the original german"?

Posted by: mellowjohn on May 14, 2010 at 6:05 PM | PERMALINK

Yes! That was Molly Ivins -- god, is she missed.

Posted by: JCT on May 14, 2010 at 6:08 PM | PERMALINK

Had to link this comment from pmccoy who said this about Buchanan's column on a similar post at tpm.com

"Did you know that one of Buchanan's relatives was killed in the Holocaust? He fell out of a guard tower."

Posted by: D. on May 14, 2010 at 6:15 PM | PERMALINK

Molly Ivins was one of a kind. I can't think of anyone currently that even comes close to matching her wit, humor and honesty.

Posted by: whichwitch on May 14, 2010 at 7:21 PM | PERMALINK

Not to excuse this sad sack of something one scrapes off their shoe before joining polite society, Buchanan comes to this through his DNA, given that both his parents were prominent in the pro-Nazi "America First" movement - something he recently demonstrated in his book where he said Churchill convinced Roosevelt to fight the wrong dictator during WW2.

Posted by: TCinLA on May 14, 2010 at 7:59 PM | PERMALINK

Good ol' Pat, always serving The Race.
I only wish he'd extend his pogrom to the news profession, notoriously Jew-ridden. Perhaps he'll start calling out die Juden next time he's on Meet the Nation or MisShapen NBC.

I mean, there's no chance it will diminish his bookings.

Posted by: Steve Paradis on May 14, 2010 at 9:53 PM | PERMALINK

As much as we may share -some- of Buchanan's
views it's impossible NOT to reckon with the
reality that he's been acting de facto frontman
and apologist for the gargantuan sellout and fold down before history's --MOST-- awesomely
genocidal regime ACROSS the Pacific (70 million
exterminated in 'peacestime' -FACT!-).

Catch how he tut-tuts the horrific implications
of the reigning status quo of that region

-or minimizes the tensions on the Korean penninsula -even as millions are suffering and dying

-and catch how he's forever sandalously downsizing the staggering death tolls and
the staggering legacies.

"The Americans came just like a whore, all dressed up and knocking at our backdoor--"
-Chou En Lai
NIXON - MAO Summit

-Pat was on board.

---Pat's STILL on board.

AGAIN ---Do NOT trust Buchanan to read East Asian
realities or policy --it's dangerously wrong!


Posted by: eber hart on May 14, 2010 at 10:06 PM | PERMALINK

"Buchanan repeats the lie that Protestantism was the U.S.'s 'founding faith.'..."

And if he believes that and remains a Roman Catholic, why does he hate America?

Posted by: Cal Gal on May 15, 2010 at 1:27 AM | PERMALINK

The wheelbarrow was invented to teach Pat Buchanan to walk upright.

Posted by: deejaayss on May 15, 2010 at 1:30 AM | PERMALINK

Oy vey gevalt that Buchanan is such a Nazi.

Posted by: Richard Smith on May 15, 2010 at 2:19 AM | PERMALINK

Isn't Buchanan famously anti-affirmative action and anti-quota? Meanwhile what's he's saying is that there should be some kind of quota system on the SCOTUS to make things "fair," although if he followed that logic there should be more than 3 women, an Asian, maybe even an atheist.

What a maroon.

Posted by: zoe kentucky on May 15, 2010 at 8:50 AM | PERMALINK

The key to understanding Buchanan is to read his printed words from books and columns, going back to the days in the '70s and '80s when he wrote for the Hearst Corp. On paper, you will find Pat's true beliefs, whereas, on TV he will veer towards his bigotry, then, laugh and chuckle, and, so many will write this off as "Oh, poor, poor Uncle Pat" and say what a pleasant fellow he is for after hours drinks. When, he writes, his bigotry, racism and love for the Third Reich stands out very loudly and clearly. Remember, he was the one who had Reagan go to Bitburg and call the dead Waffen SS from the massacres in France, "victims".

Posted by: berttheclock on May 15, 2010 at 9:14 AM | PERMALINK

other folks beat me to it

pat buchanan: quota queen....who knew???

Posted by: dj spellchecka on May 15, 2010 at 11:48 AM | PERMALINK

The anti-white racists like Steve have a real problem with double standards and hypocrisy. It's alright for every ethnic group EXCEPT whites to advocate for their race. Blacks vote 95% for Obama? No racism there at all. Hispanics supporting an invasion of the US for the sake of their race? No problem. Neocon Jews more loyal to Israel and their race than to the US? No problem.

Posted by: Luther on May 18, 2010 at 2:24 AM | PERMALINK

STOP being so easily taken in by the 'Populist/Isolationist/Conservative' Buchanan
brand image.

FACT IS ---he's very, very much playing the 'conservative' frontman, blindside and apologist for our decades long sellout to history's --MOST-- awesomely genocidal regime
-bar none! ---ACROSS the Pacific.

In this he's reading from exactly the same
playbook as our corrupt PC franchise slum
media and film industry.

In 2010 --the implications are looming, disturbing and gargantuan.

"The Americans came just like a whore, all
dressed up and knocking at our back door--"
-Chou En Lai
Nixon-MAO Summit

---PAT was there! ---and he's NEVER left!


Posted by: tiger tim on May 21, 2010 at 11:44 PM | PERMALINK
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