"I suggest to you tonight that if George Bush had selected the court in '54, Clarence Thomas would have never got to law school."
That's throwing red meat in front of the Republican jackals. They'll say he was calling Bush a segregationist. I can't look inside Al's head but it seemed to me that the kernel of that argument is that Clarence Thomas went to law school because of Affirmative Action, and that Bush has been opposed to affirmative action. But instead, he implied that Bush would have nominated justices to the Supreme Court who would have rule the other way on Brown V Board of Education. Even today's largely conservative court wouldn't have ruled against Brown.
But maybe that's slicing it too fine for Rev. Al. When he's on a roll there's no stopping for petty things like facts and distinctions.