Morning Joe: ‘Symbolism’ of GOP Attacks on Thurgood Marshall ‘Just Awful’ (Video)
June 29, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The GOP brain trust has come up with a brilliant line of attack against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. What is it? “Smear” her with her former clerkship with Thurgood Marshall, the revered first black Justice and civil rights attorney, who argued the landmark case “Brown v. Board of Education.” As Republicans on the Senate Judiciary panel yesterday, began ranting about Marshall’s suspect “activism,” the symbolism hearkened back to the Civil Rights battles of the 50s and 60s and it wasn’t a pretty sight. Even former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s Morning Joe ridiculed the Republicans for their tin-eared attacks against an African-American hero.
Scarborough mercilessly mocked the Republicans for their attack on a black civil rights leader, pointing out that the “symbolism is just awful.” The GOP will next attack Kagan with “Martin Luther King and throw in Ghandi,” quipped Scarborough:
SCARBOROUGH: Just wondering—has anyone let these Republicans know that attacking—attacking the guy who argued “Brown v. Board of Education” — and the first African-American on the Supreme Court is probably not a good political move? They are attacking Thurgood Marshall— attacking Thurgood Marshall! Wow! Who came up with that? … We’re going after Thurgood Marshall and then when she’s wobbly, we’re gonna go in for a left hook with Martin Luther King and throw in Ghandi. Just argue judicial philosophy. The symbolism is just awful.