No rush to confirm

October 02, 1991|By The New York Times

THE SENATE Judiciary Committee's refusal to approve the Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas raises some doubt about a confirmation that once seemed certain.

Judge Thomas's supporters, still claiming a majority in the Senate, seek a swift floor vote lest their numbers erode. Opponents, hoping for just such erosion, say there's no hurry. The opponents have the better argument.

If Thomas had been more forthcoming with the committee, there might be a more satisfying and complete record ready for prompt Senate action.

If confirmed, Clarence Thomas, who is 43, could serve on the highest court until 2030 or beyond. There's nothing offensive about taking a few more days to examine that prospect.

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