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Thursday, January 21, 2016

GOP Senate confirms court nominee who called President Reagan a bigot

The Republican Party Caves Again
The GOP proves yet again that they stand for nothing
as Republican Senators jump ship.

(The Daily Signal)  -  Minnesota jurist Wilhelmina Marie Wright’s written accusation that President Reagan tolerated racism did not hinder her ascent to the federal bench. The Senate voted 58-36 on Tuesday evening to confirm President Barack Obama’s nominee to U.S. District Court in Minnesota.

While a student at Harvard Law School in 1989, Wright wrote an article published in the prestigious UCLA Law Review that accused Reagan and his administration of “bigotry” and implied that property rights undergird American racism.

Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in July, Wright, an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court, renounced the style but not the substance of her remarks 26 years ago.

Stressing her inexperience at the time, the judge—known as “Mimi”—said her words were “inartful” but did not deny their underlying sentiment.

Wright’s confirmation by the full Senate comes amid other ongoing political battles. Some conservatives have pushed Republicans to block Obama’s judicial nominees to protest what they see as executive overreach. Liberals complain that Republicans already are delaying the nominations for political purposes.

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