Letters to the Editor

No new justice

Professor John Yoo’s March 20 opinion column, Republicans right to delay filling vacant seat on the Supreme Court, rightly states that there is nothing in the Constitution that requires the Senate to take up a particular nomination to the Supreme Court. He’s right to admit that GOP senators are “politicizing judicial appointments.”

But he goes off the rails by saying that Democrats “tried to prevent Clarence Thomas from appointment for being a black conservative.” Thomas was challenged because he was a mediocre lawyer who was shown by credible evidence to have sexually harassed Anita Hill while both were at the EEOC. Nothing in the years since has demonstrated that the Democrats were wrong about Thomas.

Ultra-ideologues like Yoo besmirch themselves when they simply cannot be intellectually honest while engaged in political discourse.

Richard E. Brodsky, Miami