What an obnoxious, irresponsible, idiot. Worst of all, he’s made me agree with the hacks at “Above the Law”…
Here’s what Carlson said in his “opening statement” (pompous enough for you?) on his popular Fox News show two nights ago:
So is Ketanji Brown Jackson, a name that even Joe Biden has trouble pronouncing, one of the top legal minds in the entire country? We certainly hope so, it’s Biden’s right, appointing her is his one of his gravest constitutional duties. So it might be time for Joe Biden to let us know what Ketanji Brown Jackson’s LSAT score was. Wonder how she did on the LSATs, why won’t he tell us that? It would seem like Americans in a democracy have a right to know that and much more before giving her a lifetime appointment, but we didn’t hear that.”
Is Carlson trying to be an asshole who gives ammunition to those who want the public to believe that conservatives are racists, or just to just appeal to racist assholes? He can’t possibly be so stupid as to believe that an experienced judge’s LSAT scores have any relevance to her competence today to sit on the Supreme Court, can he? I know Tucker isn’t a lawyer and never took the LSATs, but still…really? It’s a standardized test that measures (supposedly) skills that will prove helpful in succeeding in law school, but that can’t possibly forecast whether a particular individual will develop into successful lawyer or judge. As even Above the Law could figure out,
This is so, so very fucking stupid…Really dude? What’s next? “Before we hand her the wheel to the judiciary, what score did she get on her driver’s license exam?”
The woman graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and edited the Law Review. She was accepted as a Supreme Court Justice’s law clerk, a job one cannot fudge or fake one’s way through. Nothing she did, no test she took or didn’t take, no grade, no essay or statement, that she made before entering the legal profession has any relevance to her qualifications to be a Supreme Court justice, and the suggestion that it does is indefensible. From ABTL:
And for posterity’s sake, I hope the soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice Jackson’s LSAT score was dismal. The kind where you get your score and ask yourself if you should even be in the profession. That she weathered the storm and got into Harvard Law, surrounded by people whose entry test scores towered over hers. And that she overcame adversity like a Black lady-David, sling-shotting past her peers to make it on Harvard Law review and graduate with honors despite her initial setback.
Bingo. We have no idea what Clarence Darrow, John Adams, or Abe Lincoln would have scored on an LSAT, nor John Marshall, Felix Frankfurter, Cardozo, Brandeis, Scalia, Black or either Harlan, and it doesn’t matter. Moreover, neither Carlson nor anyone else thought Brett Kavanaugh’s LSAT scores, Amy Coney Barrett’s or Neil Gorsuch’s mattered either, because they didn’t, and don’t.
I object to contrived race-baiting, but boy, it’s hard not to sniff the stench of bigotry here. That is especially so after Carlson began with the sneer about Jackson’s name. “She really isn’t like us, is she?” was a Washington Post op-ed’s translation, and it is hard to disagree with that interpretation.
Carlson has become an albatross around the neck of conservatives and Republicans, a rich-kid show-off without accountability: if he gets fired, he lives off his trust fund. He’s not a spokesman or a leader, but because he’s so prominent from his perch on Fox, his routine assholery hands the propagandists of the Left tons of live ammunition to use on others. Paul Waldman, in the Post op-ed, wrote that conservatives and Republicans “are going right for the racist appeal to drum up opposition to Jackson. You will not be surprised that Fox News host Tucker Carlson is leading the charge.”
What “charge”? Nevertheless, if Republicans were…Ha! I almost wrote “smart”! Let me start again: Republicans need to rebuke Carlson and his offensive claim, and Fox would do well to send him home for a week to ponder what being an ethical pundit requires.
And, once again, there is no reason for the GOP Senators not to vote to confirm Jackson, if not unanimously, then at least overwhelmingly.