Republican senators, including Oklahoma's Tom Coburn, are using the Supreme Court hearings for Elena Kagan to attack the Court's first African American justice, Thurgood Marshall.
Led by Alabama's Jeff Sessions, this is bad for the nation and a curiously nasty position, another aspect of the GOP's hostility to civil rights and its legacy.
At bottom, the Republicans are still pushing their discredited Southern strategy, subtly (or not) reinforcing and promoting white hostility to the social and economic gains of blacks and other minorities.
Tom Coburn should know better, but his ideological blinders are so narrow that he can't see beyond his nose. The sorry details here.