Halperin: All Agree Great for SCOTUS to 'Look More Like America'

March 2nd, 2016 6:27 PM

I'm guessing most NewsBusters readers could care less about "diversity" when it comes to choosing Justices of the Supreme Court. That they'd be thrilled if all nine justices looked, for example, like Clarence Thomas--so long as all shared his philosophy of judicial restraint and original intent.

On today's With All Due Respect, Mark Halperin interviewed Planned Parent president Cecile Richards. Richards declined to name someone she'd like to see nominated to the Court but did say she was "extremely grateful" for the addition to the Court of Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. That prompted Halperin to observe: "regardless of ideology I think we can all agree it's great for the Court to look more like America." Richards piously agreed: "absolutely: without a doubt." Baloney: ideology is all to Richards. She would fight tooth and nail against an appointee who looked like Sotomayor but voted like the late, great Antonin Scalia. Similarly, she'd be all in for a male person of pallor, so long as he was pro Roe.

CECILE RICHARDS: I just think it's important that do look for judges who have a judicial temperament. That understands that women are equal parts of the society. And frankly, I'll tell you, it was interesting to be sitting there today in the courtroom getting to hear a case argued where we had three women on the Supreme Court. As a woman, as a mom, I can tell you it makes a huge difference to have different voices in the room who actually have walked in the shoes of women in this country. And so I've been extremely grateful for the addition of Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor to the Court.

MARK HALPERIN: Regardless of ideology I think we can all agree it's great for the Court to look more like America.

RICHARDS: Absolutely: without a doubt.