Doubting Thomas


Japan and Libya are in the forefront, but here’s a piece from Robert Reich describing how Justice Clarence Thomas recently opined in a speech at the Federalist Society that the criticism he’s been receiving is politicizing the Supreme Court and undermining its credibility. Reich argues that Thomas is as political as anyone on the court:

Thomas has also failed to disclose financial information about his wife’s employment. Virginia Thomas is the founder of Liberty Central, a Tea Party organization now receiving unlimited corporate contributions due to Citizen’s United. Among the things she’s lobbying for are the repeal of what she terms the “unconstitutional” healthcare legislation.

Because of his wife’s direct involvement, seventy-four House Democrats have sent a letter to Justice Thomas asking him to recuse himself from any case questioning the constitutionality of the legislation. “Your spouse is advertising herself as a lobbyist who has ‘experience and connections’ and appeals to clients who want a particular decision”, the legislators wrote. “They want to overturn health-care reform.”

Virginia Thomas’s benefiting from her husband’s ruling is a conflict of interest. And decisions like Citizens United did a lot more to undermine the credibility of the Court than any criticism of Clarence Thomas’s conduct on the bench.

4 responses to “Doubting Thomas

  1. Remember when George HW Bush appointed Thomas? To the ‘black seat’; actually he was only the second black, and he replaced the first. Talk about political correctness and quotas! I actually favor quotas in various forms for now – their usefulness is diminishing which says it was successful – but the GOP abhors quotas, rails against quotas and damns the left for quotas. But they did it for the highest political appointment in the land.


  2. Was there ever a doubt that he was political? Think what a different place we’d be in had Anita Hill been appointed instead! (I can dream, can’t I?!_


  3. Justice Thomas has not spoken one word from the bench in five years. I think someone needs to hold a mirror under his nose to see if he’s still breathing…


  4. Beneath The Tin Foil Hat

    I would submit that what is truly undermining the Supreme Court would be Justices Thomas and Scalia. It would appear that they are issuing legal decisions to the highest bidder.


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