Congratulations, Sen. Coons. You have replaced a 48-year-old senatorial quote from Sen. Roman Hruska for the ignominy of the most idiotic comment regarding a United States Supreme Court nominee. In March 1970, G. Harold Carswell was nominated by President Nixon for the Supreme Court, and regarding comments of nominee Carwell’s mediocracy, Sen. Hruska remarked:
“So what if he is mediocre? There are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren’t they, and a little chance? We can’t have all Brandeises, Frankfurters and Cardozos.”
And how is this quote upended from its place in history? Sen. Coons now instructs the public that, as a sitting member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, it is his judgment that when he reads about his idea of a credible claim regarding a judicial nominee’s character, the burden shifts to the nominee to disprove the claim.
I can hear a sigh from the grave of Sen. Hruska as Sen. Coons accepts his laurel of mediocracy.