Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Kmiec's "Bridge Too Far"? Obama's Attacks on Justice Thomas

Jim Geraghty reports at National Review Online:
Douglas Kmiec, a conservative constitutional law scholar at Pepperdine University has taken a lot of flak for his support of Barack Obama. It sounds like Obama may have tested Kmiec's patience by taking a shot at Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
FINALLY! I now have something for which I can praise Prof. Kmiec: he has good taste in choosing a favorite Supreme Court Justice and, like me, is appalled (actually, Kmiec used the word "disappointed") at Sen. Obama's unwarranted attack on Justice Clarence Thomas' intellect during the Saddleback Forum:

The other night at Saddleback, Obama was asked which Supreme Court Justices he wouldn't have appointed. Naturally, he went for an easy target for Democrats -- Clarence Thomas, the Court's strongest originalist and possibly most conservative member.

What a surprise to Douglas Kmiec, the conservative legal scholar who confusingly endorsed Obama after supporting Romney(!) during the primaries.
Even Douglas Kmiec, a constitutional law scholar at Pepperdine University and an Obama supporter, said he was “disappointed” at his candidate’s mention of Thomas.

“First of all, I think Justice Clarence Thomas is one of the best appointments that have been made by Republican presidents – or any presidents, for that matter – in recent times,” Kmiec told

“I’ll tell you why: He’s the only justice on the Supreme Court who, prior to his appointment, had recognized the relationship between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution – that the Constitution is a means of indicating the inalienable rights that are traceable to our Creator,” he added.
News Flash: Obama is a Democrat. In addition to it being completely controversial as to whether our constitutional rights originate from God, Thomas is an originalist! Mainstream Democrats just aren't anywhere near that legal philosophy.

What was Kmiec thinking.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Sen. Obama Demeans Justice Thomas' Intellect [UPDATED]

Without Further Ado: Doug Kmiec on McCain v. Obama at Saddleback [UPDATED]

Paging Prof. Kmiec ...

Doug Kmiec Claims Democrats Making "Steps Toward Honoring Life" in Platform

Prof. Garnett Takes on Prof. Kmiec ... Again

Casey Jr. to Get Prime-Time Slot in Denver to Appease Catholics [UPDATED]

Fr. Neuhaus Responds to Doug Kmiec

Deal Hudson's Open Letter to Doug Kmiec

National Catholic Register on Catholics, Kmiec, and Obama

Prof. Hadley Arkes: "Political Distraction Among the Catholics"

Doug Kmiec - What He Said Then vs. What He Says Now Re: Constitutional Jurisprudence

What is the "Pro-Life Position" Regarding Abortion?


Unrequited Love

Doug Kmiec: "After Meeting with Barack" [UPDATED]

Cranky Conservative: "But At Least He Says It with a Smile"

Doug Kmiec Again Places Platitudes Above Policy [UPDATED]

Prof. Bainbridge on "Obama, Abortion, & Catholics"

Prof. Rick Garnett on Kmiec's Latest Nonsense

Deacon Keith Fournier: "Why I Disagree with Doug Kmiec, Once Again"

Give It a Rest Already, Prof. Kmiec!

Deacon Keith Fournier: "No More ‘Left’ or ‘Right’, Time for a New Catholic Action"

Doug Kmiec's Newfound Celebrity Status Among Those on the Left

Doug Kmiec Soon To Be Sorely Disappointed

E.J. Dionne on Kmiec Being Denied Communion [UPDATED]

Deal Hudson on Prof. Kmiec and Blurring the Lines Between "Pro-Choice" and Pro-Abortion

Did Doug Kmiec Just Now Catch On That Obama and NARAL Are Politically Conjoined? [UPDATED]

Deal Hudson on "How Obama's Catholics Will Dodge the Infanticide Question"

Kmiec's Dishonesty [UPDATED]

Catholic Teaching and Political Risk Taking: When Credit Isn't Given Where Credit is Due [UPDATED]

Kmiec's Wishful Thinking on Obama and Abortion

The Curt Jester: "Shameless Garment" [UPDATED]

So-Called "Catholic Reaganite" Doug Kmiec Endorses Obama [UPDATED]

"No'bama for Me, Thanks"

Can a Catholic Vote for Obama?

Obama's Pledge to Planned Parenthood: “I Will Not Yield"

Deal Hudson: "Barack Obama's Catholic Problem"

"Why American Catholics are Supporting Barack Obama"

Catholics at the Ballot Box

How the Catholic Left Will Tackle McCain

Why Does Kmiec Criticize McCain for Positions on Which He Gave Romney a Pass?

Deal Hudson on "Douglas Kmiec and the Lure of Obama"

Douglas W. Kmiec on "The Moral Duty to Inquire"

Professor Bainbridge: "Will Catholic Reaganites Go for Obama?"

Deal Hudson: "Preacher Man: Barack Obama and the the Gospel of Liberalism"

"Sorry, Doug Kmiec, But This Catholic Isn't Buying Obama"

Ramesh Ponnuru on Douglas Kmiec and "Catholic Reaganites for Obama" [UPDATED]

Romney Advisor Says Obama "a Natural for the Catholic Vote"

Obama "Post-Partisan"? Ask John Roberts

Obama and the "Pragmatic Center"

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At 8/20/2008 10:30 AM, Blogger James H said...

Why didn't Kmiec mention this in his Catholic Online Piece!!!! as he was giving the Golds and Silvers

At 8/20/2008 11:42 AM, Blogger Jeff Miller said...

So Obama's radical support of abortion is nothing compared to him attacking Justice Thomas? Strange priorities especially since the attacks on Thomas are so predictable that anybody would know what Obama would answer.


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