Pat Buchanan, 1971: Give the SCOTUS ‘Black Seat’ or ‘Jewish Seat’ to a Catholic

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Trevor Griffey digs up a 1971 memo written by Pat Buchanan, then an adviser to President Richard Nixon, arguing that the administration needed to get ready for the 1972 election by giving preferential treatment to white ethnics.

My recommendation is now and has been that the Administration — in placing minority members in visible jobs — stop concentrating on the “media’s minorities” (Blacks, Mexican Americans, Spanish-speaking) which are tough to crack, almost solid Democratic — and begin focusing on the large ethnic minorities (Irish, Italians, Poles, Slovaks, etc.), the big minorities where the President’s name is not a dirty word, where the President’s personal beliefs and political actions are more consistent with their own.

When we begin to recognize and act on the idea that there are as many Italian-Americans in the Bronx as there are Black Americans in Harlem, we will better begin to serve the President’s interests.

Later in the memo, Buchanan suggests a specific appointment that the president could use to prove that he cared about white ethnics: a seat on the Supreme Court.

[I]nstead of sending the orders out to all our other agencies — hire blacks and women — the order should go out — hire ethnic Catholics preferable women, for visible posts. One example: Italian Americans, unlike blacks, have never had a Supreme Court member — they are deeply concerned with their “criminal” image; they do not dislike the President. Give those fellows the “Jewish seat” or the “black seat” on the Court when it becomes available.

It’s striking how little Buchanan has changed in the intervening 38 years. In one of his anti-Sonia Sotomayor columns, he argued that the nominee had no more right to a seat than a “Polish- or Portogeuse-American” and that Hispanics would support her because “people often come out to vote for one of their own.”

(Hat tip: Rick Perlstein)

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Comment posted June 16, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

There's nothing Buchanan wrote 38 years ago that the Dems aren't doing today; the only source of OUTRAGE! SHOCK! AND HORROR! in the 38-year-old memo is that Buchanan would stoop to the level of the Dems.

Regarding people coming out “to vote for one of their own”, on the one hand that's a good description of the Democratic/Soros playbook. However, in the current case it isn't entirely true. Hispanics are generally in line with the rest of us on how the GOP should proceed, and a certain subset of Hispanics aren't exactly cheering her nomination.

The reader should note that Dave Weigel is just a very low-level establishment hack. Before he served the interests of certain libertarian groups, now he writes for a Soros/Rockefeller-funded pseudo-paper. He frequently gets things wrong and has done so for a while. In fact, I'd forgotten all about him being involved in this 2006 smear.

Comment posted June 16, 2009 @ 7:12 pm

This is sort of an all-encompassing comment based on having read Mr Weigel's items over the past few weeks. I find your postings to be an interesting mix of insightful commentary and humour, which is a very pleasant combination indeed.
Alas the same cannot be said for the comments of Mr 24Ahead, whose commentary can best be characterized as “oh yeah? well look at how big my website is…you know you want it don't you…” Lighten up man, it would do your soul good to take yourself slightly less seriously. And referencing a website that isn't yours would not hurt either – you are starting to make Oprah look shy.

Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

There's nothing in “24WienersAheadDotCom”'s comment that addresses any of my points. In my earlier comment, I should have noted just how closely what Buchanan wrote back when JenniferAniston was just two years old matches up to a BHO program:

Maybe for his next gig Weigel could try to become an intern at the CFR.

Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

There's nothing in “24AheadDotCom”'s comment that addresses any of my points.
Not only is that factually correct but I also just addressed a point form your latest comment – oh my!
I also note that you are now referencing the age of a celebrity AND a website that is not your own – without commenting on the veracity of either of those, I say “good job!” Mr 24, you have gone the extra mile to try and bring along a humourous anecdote. I reserve judgement on the success of your endeavours, but nonetheless good job!!
I also note that I have now spelled several words with various extra vowels – oh dear, I fear that I may be a foreigner. The shame…the shame…

Comment posted June 17, 2009 @ 7:10 pm

There's nothing in “24WienersAheadDotCom”'s comment that addresses any of my points. In my earlier comment, I should have noted just how closely what Buchanan wrote back when JenniferAniston was just two years old matches up to a BHO program:

Maybe for his next gig Weigel could try to become an intern at the CFR.

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