Carol Platt Liebau

Surely we can all agree that race bias is ugly and bad. Except, presumably, that the members of the Congressional Black Caucus don't apparently think so.

That's the only way to interpret this report that they excoriated Valerie Jarrett, charging that some of the administration's judicial picks are -- from their perspective -- the wrong race, and hold the wrong views. In other words, they are insufficiently "diverse" . . . and one nominee even has the independence of thought to defend a photo ID law! Travesty!

How pathetic is this statement from Georgia Rep. David Scott:

Do you think George Bush would have been able to do this, or any white president would have been able to do this? No. The president should have said, "There’s absolutely no way I want to go down in history as putting these kinds of people into federal court nominations against my own African-American [people]" ... It’s a tragedy.

Reminder: The president is supposed to be the president of all the American people -- not just those of his (or someday her) own race. Judicial nominations are not supposed to be a racial spoils system. And believe me, his judicial nominees are plenty lefty enough!

Racism is racism, and it is deplorable that this is the quality of political "thought" among some quarters of our elected representatives. With African American unemployment at consistent highs, is this really the issue upon which the CBC should be obsessing?


Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.