Quote of the day

November 30, 2006 at 9:20 pm (Quote of the day, Republican incompetence)

“Justice Clarence Thomas, who as usual asked no questions, is presumed to be in line with Scalia, Roberts and Alito.”

I’m not going to pretend to be a close follower of the Court, but doesn’t a statement like that make you really mad?  I don’t care where you sit politically…what we have here is a Justice of the Supreme Court acting as a rubber stamp.  He doesn’t even pretend to be engaged in the debate.  If I recall something I read a while back, he rarely writes his own opinions either.

Why bother asking questions when you already know the answer?  Why bother writing down your answer when it is simply “whatever the partisan conservative position is”?

I’ll go ahead and say it.  Couldn’t the Republican president who appointed Mr. Thomas have at least found a competent black man to replace Thurgood Marshall?  If Bush hadn’t been so hell-bent on using this appointment as a campaign issue in 1992, we might actually have 9 justices, instead of 8 justices and a freon-filled plastic bird.

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3 Comments

  1. neckfro said,

    Agreed–but for what it’s worth, when Thomas does decide to write, he’s usually pretty interesting…

  2. rock creek rambler said,

    It’s fairly common for justices, and judges for that matter, to have their law clerks write much of the opinion. And oral arguments are worthless anyway. Appeals are decided on briefs, not oratory.

    And for what it’s worth, one of my professors clerked for Thomas and said that he’s brilliant.

  3. neckfro said,

    Justice Clarence Thomas seems to lean forward to speak in the final two minutes of argument. Hearts stop. But then, he apparently changes his mind.

    http://www.slate.com/id/2154853/

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