Opinion: How Trump should add diversity to the Supreme Court

Next week should bring some long-anticipated news when President Trump reveals his nominee to the Supreme Court. His choice will surely spark a fight with Democrats, but ultimately Senate Republicans should be able to push through a conservative replacement for the conservative Antonin Scalia.

Judge William Pryor. (AP Photo / Cliff Owen, File)

Judge William Pryor. (AP Photo / Cliff Owen, File)

With all the focus on the nominee’s ideological positions, I thought it was worth noting each of the three people rumored to be on the short list would add an element of diversity to the court. Just not in the way we are used to talking about it.

Consider these facts about the eight justices currently on the bench:

  • Four were born in the New York City metro area; another in upstate New York; and two in Northern California. Only Clarence Thomas (born in Pin Point, Georgia, near Savannah) hails from elsewhere. The vast swath of America between the coasts is unrepresented.
  • Five justices attended law school at Harvard, three at Yale. All other law schools combined have produced none of the current justices.
  • The justices’ undergrad careers were barely more diverse. Five were educated in the Ivy League (Princeton three, Harvard one, Cornell one). Two went to Stanford, and one to Holy Cross. None attended a state school.

Each of the three people reportedly on the short list would change those figures in one way or another:

  • Neil Gorsuch is another Ivy League undergrad (Columbia) and Harvard Law product, but he was born in, and still works in, Denver.
  • Thomas Hardiman is another East Coaster (Massachusetts), but he attended Notre Dame for undergrad and Georgetown for law school.
  • William Pryor would be something of a trifecta: born in Mobile, Alabama; undergrad at a state school (what is now known as the University of Louisiana, Monroe); law school at Tulane University. On a side note, Pryor’s selection would add a bit of local intrigue, as Trump would then need to choose a replacement for him on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals here in Atlanta.

This isn’t meant as anti-elitism. I’m not saying we shouldn’t have justices from Harvard and Yale law schools; I’m saying we shouldn’t only have justices from Harvard and Yale law schools. If we’re going to put a value on having a variety of backgrounds and life experiences in institutions such as the Supreme Court, these factors are well worth considering.

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Doom a classical liberal
Doom a classical liberal

" Listen to the gutless punk jack his jaws."


Oh but the irony. LOL! Good thing the no show sniveling coward hiding behind his keyboard  Mr. tough guy "anytime, anywhere" Breck boy realized he was talking to my imposter and not the real Doom. Cause as we found out over at Jay's you ran your mouth but when it was time to back up that tough talk you were a No show coward. And everyone on that blog saw you for that coward that you really are. LOL! 


And don't worry. I'm gonna change my handle since its been hijacked. You may continue to talk your tough guy talk to the guy who hijacked my handle. Maybe he'll actually believe that BS tough guy talk of yours. LOL! Nighty night coward. 

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Why are the left’s public demonstrations more impressive than its voter turnout? Because there are a whole lot of Democrats in the large population centers where such demonstrations are generally held. People can join a protest simply by getting on the subway; it’s an easy show of force.



But there are a lot of small towns in America, and those small towns are redder than ever, as Sean Trende and David Byler wrote on the RealClear Politics website. Effectively, the Democratic coalition has self-gerrymandered into a small number of places where they can turn out an impressive number of feet on the ground, but not enough votes to win the House. Certainly not enough to win the Senate or the Electoral College, which both favor sparsely populated states and discount the increasingly dense parts of the nation.


Last gasp!


MAGA #45


http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/28/the-democrats-rise-is-far-from-inevitable/





breckenridge
breckenridge

@AndyManUSA#45 

Exactly. This is just what I've been telling  you for weeks now; Trump's support base consists largely of white, high school educated or less, low wage earning, religious fundamentalist rural southerners.  And you'll find no more perfect example of this than the low class racist white trash than inhabit Newton County, Georgia.

breckenridge
breckenridge

A growing contingent of Republicans is openly questioning President Donald Trump's ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, as key allies and powerful political players broke their silence Sunday to criticize Trump's executive order.

Senate Foreign Relation Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), whom Trump considered picking to be his running mate and, later, secretary of state, called on the president to immediately retool the order.

Yeah, the orange-haired clown is out of control here. Time to squeeze his sack.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

If Trump had a little obama in him, he would turn one of these remaining dozen or so detainees into a film maker. Not an anti muslim film, as before, but a pro muslim film maker. We could hook the dude up with a new computer full of really nice videos about how to blow up malls and gun down the masses. Release a statement with absolutely no proof that heralds the capture, take a few victory laps for the cameras, toss the poor guy in prison and then tell everyone to gfy. 


That would pretty much be the end of the opposition media.


Too bad we couldn't be obama for a day.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Imagine if they got someone that obozo freed from gitmo. That would THE twofer.

bu22
bu22

@AndyManUSA#45 Well he does seem to have a little Obama.  After all, he is using Obama's list of terror states and banning travel just like Obama did in 2011....

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

"Next Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Eastern, we will begin the process of vetting muslim travelers originating from countries that harbor terrorists."


Ackmhed: "Ah, yes, I would like to purchase a one way ticket to kalifornia, I will be flying on Wednesday."


RFLMAO

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Our lamestream media, the suicide cult -


The Department of Homeland Security targeted these seven countries over the last years as countries of concern. In February 2016 “The Department of Homeland Security today announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 with the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as three countries of concern, limiting Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals who have traveled to these countries.” It noted “the three additional countries designated today join Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria as countries subject to restrictions for Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals.” It was the US policy under Obama to restrict and target people “who have been present in Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, at any time on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited government/military exceptions).”


obama, the islamphobe.

NativeAtlantan57
NativeAtlantan57

Trump has called the media "the opposition." This is a scary notion from a power-hungry sociopath. His ignorant minions, of course, side with him. In their alternate universe, the media should cheer and support his every move with no negativity. 

That is frightening; that is how state-run communist countries control their media.

The media plays a pivotal role in our democratic society as a necessary watchdog to prevent abuses of power regardless of party or politics. They are needed now more than ever to focus on Donnie Boy's every questionable move. Trump and his equally imbalanced Bannon boy try to be dismissive of the media because they have no power to control them. This tactic works only with Despicable Donnie's malleable goose steppers.

With such an autocratic wannabe calling the shots for the moment, the media needs to ramp up even more its critiques and microscopic focus on Trump.  

bu22
bu22

@NativeAtlantan57 Where were you when Obama was saying the same thing about Fox News?  I see the MSM has infected you with TDS.  You have a serious case.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

For over a year now, Donald Trump has been telling everyone that he is going to ban muslims, originating from countries that harbor terrorists, from entering the United States of America. For over one year now. How do I now it's been that long? Because the libs have been whining about it for one entire year. But now that Mr. Trump wears the title of President of the United States, the banning of muslims, from countries that harbor terrorists, is a Big Surprise!


Anyway, I find it hard to sympathize with people, people who should have known better, being detained at an airport for a few hours, when we have so many families in Boston, Orlando, San Bernardino, Fort Lauderdale, Washington DC, New York City, et al, that are permanently missing family members from their lives.


It's a small price to pay so that, hopefully, we won't be adding to my list of cities anymore.


Grow up, will ya?

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

There will likely be more than one justice to be replaced during Trump's tenure. 

The presidential election has proven diversity doesn't mean THAT much to dem leaders. It's just a word they like to throw around for the benefit of their party's power.

Unwarranted though they may be, Pryor has proven to be a lightning rod for liberal attacks but without the deflective flair exhibited by Scalia.

I say go with the guy parked on the Continental Divide and that's Gorsuch. He's got flair.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

@FIGMO2 I'd personally love to see Janice Rodgers Brown because it would cause the liberals to gouge their own eyes out, literally. They would all require hospitalization, stat. She is a rock solid Conservative, so being a black woman wouldn't matter one bit to the fascii, they'd probably announce her in every news story as a white African American. Ain't no glass ceilings to be broken for the cons.


There's still a chance but I doubt it.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

So how much longer before we start to hear from the ajc about innocent civilians being killed in the Middle East, again? As dumb as liberals are, I'm surprised it hasn't begun already. obama could bomb and drone to his heart's delight and the ajc just dutifully reported the terrorist body counts. Will the stunted readership of the ajc make note when the first "wedding party" gets "blown up?"


Of course not.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Oh yeah and the homeless. When will all the homeless re-emerge in the pages of the journal?

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

 Journalists are not taking the news of President Donald Trump’s executive order pausing admission of refugees from seven nations very well. Many have taken to social media to express outrage over Trump’s action, forgetting former President Barack Obama did the same thing to Iraqi refugees for six months in 2011.


I can't wait to see what new screws the President tightens on the liberals today.


I'll bet they'd rather be waterboarded at this point.



http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/28/journalists-melt-down-cry-over-trump-refugee-executive-order/#ixzz4XA3JYCoN

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

democrats think you run the government by sitting around in the faculty lounge blowing gas at each other and when the money runs out, you raise the tax rates. 


I’m beginning to wonder if part of President Trump’s overall strategy doesn’t involve feeding so many headlines to the media and causing such a continuing series of conflagrations among his critics that they eventually either give up in despair or their heads collectively explode. It’s sort of similar to one of those science fiction films where the artificially intelligent computer is causing problems and the scientists feed it so much information that its circuits blow. The dust wasn’t even close to settling on the ban on people arriving from various nations when the President was back in his office signing off on three more items of business.


Doing the people's business.


MAGA #45


http://hotair.com/archives/2017/01/28/trumps-next-executive-actions-touch-on-nsc-isis-and-draining-the-swamp/

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

 Jake Tapper 

@jaketapper

House GOP aide: "Fun fact: under Bush fewer refugees came in than the limit Trump just set. But hey it's Trump so let's lose our minds."


Kirsten Powers @KirstenPowers

Worth noting that Obama Admin stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011 due to terrorism concerns http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/al-qaeda-kentucky-us-dozens-terrorists-country-refugees/story?id=20931131 


Sean Davis @seanmdav

I guess the journos self-immolating over Trump just forgot to commit seppuku when Obama banned refugees from communist Cuba two weeks ago?

10:36 AM - 28 Jan 2017

breckenridge
breckenridge

In a report published in 2015, the CIA estimated that between 9,000 and 23,000 Saudis have crossed over into Iraq and Syria and joined ISIS.  And 15 of the 19 terrorists involved in the 9-11 attacks were from Saudi Arabia.  None were from Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen.


And so what is the profile of those that support Trump in this ban? They likely have a high school education or less, are low income earners, are religious fundamentalists and live in the rural south.  In other words they are the GOP base.  And they are the reason millions of college educated, upper middle income or high income earners who are religiously indifferent from the suburbs of northern cities have quit the GOP.  They are simply too good to associate with white trash.

bu22
bu22

@breckenridge I suggest you get out of your echo chamber and look at the actual election results in the Midwest.  Trump nearly even won Minnesota.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

At which trump property (admission$40)will the announcement be made?


Yeah, how about this for diversity:  Let's get another white male, but who is CATHOLIC! 

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

@Starik @AndyManUSA#45 Just saying that there is a precedence that President Trump is following, you should see it as a sign of respect for your team.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Well the stupids  just can't grasp the fact that this is a new kind of president that I haven't seen in my voting lifetime whose a true unabashed champion of America along side of Ronald Reagan. While Reagan, was effective Trump, is taking it even higher. He's energetic and has moved forward with a cabinet that are the cream of the crop of American leaders from the military and from the private sector. The far-left along with their sheep and lackeys in the media will be whining miserably for the next four years and perhaps much longer. Trump, may leave behind a very new paradigm in American politics as his legacy.  

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit Reagan got how many Marines killed in Beirut? 300 - wasn't it? How many servicemen will Trump get killed? We'll see.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Starik @SGTGrit  Reagan, got them killed? I think it was lax security and a vehicle loaded with high explosives that got them killed. Post Vietnam Marine Corps that was still rebuilding after the Vietnam debacle was at the root of the problem the Army was far worse. Blame it on politicians not on both branches of service.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Starik @SGTGrit  BTW....I think it was 240 Marines plus a Navy Corpsman who we considered as combat Marines.

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit @Starik He put them there, then pulled out the ones who survived. No saint, Reagan. I voted for him twice, by the way.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@SGTGrit Reagan was senile; trump is mentally ill.


In addition, trump's "energy" looks like mania.


Great company, Grit!

bu22
bu22

@Starik @SGTGrit He was willing to realize he made a bad decision and reversed it.

bu22
bu22

@Wascatlady @SGTGrit Huma Abedin about Hillary Clinton (2 years AFTER her concussion)-"She's still not right in the head."

breckenridge
breckenridge

So are to assume Donald Trump is a scared little punk, a gutless coward like all the other gutless cowards out there that think all Muslims are terrorists?  What an embarrassment to this nation.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@breckenridge  Don't believe that President Trump thinks all Muslims are terrorists or for that matter the majority of Americans but it is a fact that many Muslims have become radical Islamic terrorists either actively or supportively. The president is taking steps to properly vet and ensure that those who enter the United States are the type of immigrants we should welcome here. In other words he's taking steps to keep our land safe even for stupid little punks. 

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

I thought even the dumb ones would be able to figure it out but apparently not; take care of America's problems before you take care of syria's problems.


We got a big ole Duh for ya.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

@Starik @AndyManUSA#45 syria never had anything to do with 9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq did. We broke them, we own them, remember.


Now let's get their oil.