Last night on the Rachel Maddow show, Pat Buchanan exemplified what’s left of the conservative movement. For over 10 minutes, Buchanan spit his hate filled, racist, ignorant venom towards Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. He argued that because she was a “product of affirmative action” she was unqualified to serve on the Supreme Court. In fact, he went on to say that she was an “affirmative action pick,” ignoring that she graduated from Princeton with honors, that she was editor of the Yale Law Journal, and that she’s the most qualified nominee in 70 years. According to Buchanan, it’s all been handed to her because she’s Latina.
Wait, there’s more:
When Maddow pointed out that 108 of 110 Supreme Court justices have been white, Buchanan responded, “White men were 100% of the people that wrote the Constitution, 100% of the people that signed the Declaration of Independence, 100% of the people who died at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, probably close to 100% of the people who died at Normandy. This has been a country built basically by white folks.”
Watch, if you can stomach it:
While this upsets me to no end, I take comfort in the belief that Buchanan, and those that agree with him, are becoming marginalized and irrelevant. Yes, there are folks that agree with him. You see them Tea Bagging in the park. The good news is that their numbers are dwindling and, like Buchanan, they’re getting older.
I would rather think about the youth of this country. The kids that took a stand last year and got involved. I think of them and realize that it won’t belong before cranky, ignorant, bigoted ideas of the past will drift quietly off into the sunset. Those that are left can go forward to make this world a better place.