On "Meet the Press," David Gregory questioned Arlen Specter about who President Obama should pick to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court:
SEN. SPECTER: He should be looking for someone with a strong academic and professional background. It would be my hope that he would choose someone with diversity. Women are underrepresented on the court. We don't have an Hispanic. African-Americans are underrepresented. I would hope that he would look beyond the circuit courts of appeals which now populate the Supreme Court and pick someone with greater world experience and diversity.
African-Americans are underrepresented on the Supreme Court? There is 1 African-American on the Supreme Court, which has 9 Justices. 1 is 11.1111 percent of 9. 2 is 22.2222 percent of 9. African-Americans make up 13.4% of the U.S. population. Is Arlen Specter ignorant of these facts, or does he mean to say that Clarence Thomas doesn't count as a black person?
Also be sure to check out the discussion in the comments to the linked post. Some lefty chimes in that he doesn't think Thomas counts as black and gets schooled for it.
And one of the commenters makes this observation:
Maybe Sen Specter meant Justice Thomas counts as 3/5ths of anyone else.
The views of Blacks (13% of the population) are only under-represented on the court if they are on the LOSING end of an 8-1 or 9-0 decision. If they are on the losing end of 7-2, 6-3, or 5-4 decisions, or on the winning side of any decision, they are over-represented.
The views of whites (60% of the population,) on the other hand, are under-represented if they are on the LOSING end of ANY decision.
Therefore, to be fair, all supreme court cases should be decided by a nationwide poll of white people.