17 August, 2008

Clarence Thomas Not Experienced Enough For the Supreme Court

Last night, Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) started to say that Clarence Thomas wasn't experienced enough to be a Supreme Court justice. He caught himself mid-word, but the damage was done.  That's obviously what he thinks.

Let's look at Thomas' career prior to when he was nominated:

From 1974 to 1977, Thomas was an Assistant Attorney General of Missouri under then State Attorney General John Danforth. When Danforth was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1976 to 1979, Thomas left to become an attorney with Monsanto in St. Louis, Missouri. He returned to work for Danforth from 1979 to 1981 as a Legislative Assistant. Both men shared a common bond in that both had studied to be ordained (although Thomas was Roman Catholic and Danforth was ordained Episcopalian). Danforth was to be instrumental in championing Thomas for the Supreme Court.

In 1981, he joined the Reagan administration. From 1981 to 1982, he served as Assistant Secretary of Education for the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education. From 1982 to 1990 he was Chairman of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC").

And Barack Obama prior to his own nomination:

A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama worked as a community organizer and practiced as a civil rights attorney before serving in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. He taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. Following an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, he announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate in January 2003. After a primary victory in March 2004, Obama delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004. He was elected to the Senate in November 2004 with 70% of the vote.

Clarence Thomas didn't have enough experience to be one of nine of the most powerful jurists in America, and Obama has enough experience to be the most powerful man in the world?

Once again, it appears to me that Barack Obama is running for President of Fantasyland.

UPDATE: Hot Air has video and Glenn Reynolds agrees with me.

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