Sunday, June 3, 2012
NJ Democrat War On Blacks and Gays
Christie had denied tenure to Justice John Wallace, a black jurist, and that required a replacement. The Democrats insisted that Christie nominate a “diverse” candidate. Christie came up with a twofer—black and gay. Bruce Harris, mayor of the city of Chatham, is black and would therefore not change the color composition of the court, but as an openly-gay man would add another diversity category. But there’s diversity, and there’s diversity. One diversity too many for the Democrat-controlled judiciary committee. Harris is a Republican.
Harris would have been a ground-breaker as the third black to be appointed to the court, but the very first openly-gay man. But it’s not to be. The committee grilled Harris for nearly five hours, then concluded that he was a lightweight lawyer. That never stopped New Jersey politicians in the past. Perfect example—former Joisy judge and current Fox legal mal-analyst Andrew Napolitano.
The committee, by a partisan 7 to 6 vote, also found Harris’s candor about his plan to recuse himself from any case involving same-sex marriage which might come before the court to be a negative. The Democrats claimed their reasoning was that on highly-contentious legal matters, only a full court should hear the cases. In reality, it angered them that a gay judge might actually have the integrity to remove himself from hearing a case in which he has a strong personal interest.
During the hearing, Harris described how he faced racism and homophobia in his native Iowa, but was welcomed, along with his partner of thirty-two years in New Jersey. After being rejected by the committee, he seemed a bit unnerved that even though he is a minority of a minority, the one minority which isn’t acceptable to Democrats is a member of the Republican Party.
Too bad for Harris. He could have secured the seat on the bench if he had just said “Trayvon Martin was an innocent black victim of a racist white supremacist in a racist state. I would never allow that to happen in New Jersey.” That’s horse manure, of course, yet it’s the kind of thing the Democrats wanted to hear but didn’t. Instead, they heard from an honest man who made it clear he would put the interests of justice above his own personal feelings. As long as the Democrats control the state senate, that kind of honesty is political suicide.
I don’t think that I’m going out on a limb by declaring that by the Democrats’ own standards, this is a travesty. Qualifications are irrelevant, only “victim” status matters. Therefore, New Jersey Democrats are both racist and homophobic.