It’s Murphy’s Law: This had to happen so soon after I wrote (somewhere around here) this week about how I felt those who spoke extemporaneously should be given the benefit of doubt when they say something stupid, offensive, or inflammatory. It does not apply in this case, however.
Senator Schumer (D-NY) was attacking Republicans in a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, as is his wont, on the upcoming battle over Joe Biden’s affirmative action SCOTUS nominee who hasn’t even been chosen yet. Chuck pointed out that the Court had only white male justices until 1981. “Until 1981, this powerful body, the Supreme Court, was all white men. Imagine. America wasn’t all white men in 1981, or ever,” Schumer said. “Under President Biden and this Senate majority, we’re taking historic steps to make the courts look more like the country they serve by confirming highly qualified, diverse nominees.”
Wow, over two hundred years without a black Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. That is outrageous. Weird too, because I have this funny memory about a black guy being on the old Warren Court before I got out of high school. The mind plays funny tricks!
Chuck Schumer, one of the main political leaders of the race-obsessed 2022 Democratic Party, the party that makes race its main focus and its default justification for everything, the party that uses an accusation of racism to demonize, disarm and censor opposition and criticism, somehow forgot about the trailblazer, the first black Justice, Thurgood Marshall, appointed by Democratic President Lyndon Johnson in 1967. There are other things wrong with Schumer’s babble, but that’s enough.
You deserve no benefit of the doubt with a gaffe like this. First, it wasn’t an improvised speech, it was prepared in advance. Schumer has a staff, but he can’t blame the staff, though he can blame himself for hiring and relying on dummies. He is 100% responsible for stating something so self-evidently stupid, and not realizing it the second the words came out of his mouth.
This was like a baseball player giving a speech at the Hall of Fame and saying that Larry Doby broke the color line in baseball. It is like a history professor telling a class that John Adams was the first President. It would be like a conservative speaker at CPAC pointing out that no party had a true conservative Presidential candidate until Reagan in 1980. (Uh, Barry Goldwater? Hel-lo?) How does a U.S. Senator make a mistake like that? In a prepared speech? On C-Span? In front of the U.S. Senate?
Marshall served for 24 years, and until 1991, which is when Justice Thomas was confirmed, not 1981. After social media went nuts, Schumer didn’t think his botch warranted more than a tweet saying, “Sorry that I misspoke earlier today. Of course, I remember the dedication and legal excellence that Thurgood Marshall brought to the Supreme Court.”
“Of course.” Yet those vivid memories didn’t occur to him while he was speaking, garbling history, and missing 14 years, as the leader of the majority party, addressing the U.S. Senate. Can you imagine the abuse and ridicule if a GOP Senator had made such an inexplicable error, erasing the first black Justice? The gaffe-maker and the whole party would be declared racist. Since this was Schumer, though, very, very few mainstream media sources even mentioned the episode. To its credit, one of them was the Washington Post. No word yet from the Times, ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, CBS or NPR. Now if Trump had forgotten Marshall, that would be not only news in the MSM for a week, it would be “factchecked,” and added to Trump’s “Lie” list.
These are incidents that the public has a right to know about, because they must have all the data to assess whether their leaders are idiots or not. Schumer is one of the elected officials busting the national debt. He’s a part of the cabal that wants to pack SCOTUS, make it so easy to vote that elections won’t be trusted, let illegal immigrants stay here, gut the Second Amendment and eliminate the filibuster. He’s not only part of a government that wants more and more power over our lives, which means we have to trust it, he’s one of the leaders of that government.
And this is how careful he is? This is his level of alertness? Knowledge? Responsibility? Maybe not, but the recent brain-fart is not the first bit of evidence that Schumer isn’t bright enough for the vital job at hand. This, for example.
Not even referring to the Marshall embarrassment, acid-penned conservative blogger Steven Kruiser writes,
Chuck Schumer is an incompetent simpleton.
As my friend and colleague Kevin Downey Jr. frequently points out, Democrats fail up. The upper echelon of the Democratic party is populated with mediocrities who would likely fail at jobs that are mostly done by high school kids.
Chuck Schumer is a paste-eating fool who also happens to be the majority leader of what was once the most august legislative body in this great Republic.
Schumer is regularly out-maneuvered by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose knowledge of Senate procedure dwarfs his counterpart’s.
OK, that seems a bit unfair. He can’t be that bad. But as the “Thurgood Marshall? What Thurgood Marshall?” episode proves, there is no reason for the public to have confidence in his judgment either.
And he’s the Democratic Party’s Senate leader.