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Ginni Thomas: Still angry after all these years

The home of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife Ginni must be one angry abode. Let's leave aside Mrs. Thomas's Tea Party activities aimed at the "tyranny" of the Obama administration. Her voicemail for Anita Hill -- nearly 20 years after the former staffer's explosive sexual harassment testimony at his confirmation hearings almost derailed Thomas's elevation to the High Court -- makes me think that the Thomas home is a place where past grudges are held tight and axes grind forever.

Hill was right to turn over the recording to Brandeis University campus police. And she is right in her refusal to apologize.

We got an earlier peek at the long-simmering rage at Casa Thomas during an October 2007 profile of the justice on "60 Minutes."

"I was angry," Ginni Thomas said (fast forward to 6:15 on the video to see it)."You feel all the emotions when you're falsely accused."

That they boiled over into a 7:30 a.m. Saturday phone call this month suggests that Clarence and Ginni Thomas may never let those emotions go.

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 20, 2010; 11:12 AM ET
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This has the smell of instability. If this was a sincere effort to right an injustice, Mrs. Thomas would have called during a normal business hour instead of leaving a sneaky voice mail on a Saturday morning. Ms. Hill was endured enough misery at the hands of Thomas. She doesn't deserve to once again be part of a media circus.

Posted by: marthabri | October 20, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse


I think Jonathan Capehart goes way beyond the data in stating that Clarence Thomas is connected in any way with his wife's bizarre judgement in calling Anita Hill.

I would speculate -- based on Capehart's report of Ginni Thomas' quotes in the 2007 "60 Minutes" report -- that she has been festering alone for most of these years, unable to move past it, while Justice Thomas has let it go to a greater extent.

I'd bet Capehart a good dinner that Justice Thomas had no idea his wife was going to call Anita Hill, and that when he found out, he was either furious at his wife, or worried about her marbles.

Posted by: PathForward | October 20, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Remember that Hill held on to her anger for ten years before making her charges against Thomas. Apparently this sort of thing can indeed simmer for quite a while.

I'd be interested to hear what Hill told the campus police. "I got a phone message from someone who doesn't like me"?

Posted by: tomtildrum | October 20, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Apology?!?!?!

If anyone should be making an apology, it should be Clarence Thomas, to BOTH Anita Hill AND Angela Wright.

Angela Wright was the other woman who was also sexually intimidated in the workplace by Clarence Thomas. The Republicans wouldn't allow Wright to testify. They knew it would verify Hill's story and show Thomas to have a pattern of sexually predatory behavior.

Both Hill and Wright continue to stand by their allegations. You can read the entire interview with Angela Wright here: http://www .npr.org/t emplates/s tory/story .php?story Id=1511360 1

Posted by: snesich | October 20, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I completely agree that an apology is necessary and appropriate. My only question is when Justice Thomas plans to extend the apology to Ms. Hill. Perhaps after he removes the pubic hair from his Coke?

Posted by: marcb1 | October 20, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Her husband was slander by a single, uncorroborated witness, yet the Left slavishly repeats every word as gospel (while ignoring anything said by Juanita Broadrick, Paula Jone, Kathleen Willey, etc. etc. etc.).

Yes, the Thomas family DESERVES an apology.

Posted by: JustJoe3 | October 20, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey tomtildrum -- None of us on here actually believes you're as stupid as you're acting in that last sentence. Knock it off. You really think Anita Hill's circumstances are exactly like the average citizen's? No one's heard of you or me, but we've all heard of her. She is in the public eye. Her circumstances are different. Stop playing the fool just to grind some sexist, racist ax. Nobody else is defending Thomas' wife except you. You Repubs need to stop fighting everything automatically despite logic, honor, and reality. Weirdos are going to follow Anita Hill for the rest of her life because she's famous, a black woman, and seen as anti-conservative because of 1991. She needs to report such activities and it's not whining. What possibly don't you get about that?

Posted by: Urnesto | October 20, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Mr. Capehart either heard the message Mrs. Thomas left or read a transcript. I'd encourage people to do so before reaching a conclusion. Angry might not be the adjective you'd use to describe it. Very poor reporting by Mr. Capehart.

Posted by: ccaridi | October 20, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I don't blame the Ginni for holding a grudge. She probably is still trying to believe Clarence. She knew she would not get an apology, so what was her purpose?

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | October 20, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Mr. Capehart either heard the message Mrs. Thomas left or read a transcript. I'd encourage people to do so before reaching a conclusion. Angry might not be the adjective you'd use to describe it. Very poor reporting by Mr. Capehart.

Posted by: ccaridi | October 20, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

This was a really really stupid thing to do. People had almost forgotten that her husband, a man thoroughly unqualified to be a Supreme Court justice by both ability and temperment, got the job because of his race. At least he's learned to keep his mouth shut most of the time.

Posted by: DaveHarris | October 20, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

This whole episode is frankly bizarre: what on earth is the wife of a Supreme Court justice doing when she rips the scab off this whole very ugly moment in American life?
Here we are, two weeks ahead of a hugely significant election when she brings up, and places right smack in the middle of everything, this whole sex/race "issue". How does she benefit from this?
Was it so exclusively personal, so self-involved, that she didn't even detect that there would be consequences? In other words, she just felt like doing it, so she did it.
Or, were the consequences already recognized in advance: stir up the race/sex issue in order to further inflame and "enthuse" a "base" that requires fresh blood to get them to open their wallets.

Posted by: cms1 | October 20, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Ginny Thomas is a bitter woman. Her husband succeeded in his elevation to the Supreme Court despite the allegations. Anita Hill has gone on to success as well. Stop the bitterness, Ginny! Move on and tell your husband to man-up and apologize. You know he did it!!

Posted by: lilahkelly | October 20, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

tomtildrum said:
"Remember that Hill held on to her anger for ten years before making her charges against Thomas. Apparently this sort of thing can indeed simmer for quite a while.

I'd be interested to hear what Hill told the campus police. "I got a phone message from someone who doesn't like me"?"

People need to remember that the actions of Judge Thomas took place in 1981. That was a far, far different time than the world today. MANY MANY women were harassed and sexually assaulted in their workplaces back then, with no recourse. The social mores shrugged it off with "boys will be boys", or automatically assumed the woman was a liar. It is no surprise that Ms. Hill did not report it until contacted by the vetting team for his confirmation.
And she was far more vilified than he was during those hearings.
Mrs. Thomas is so far off base on this one it is breathtaking.

Posted by: WarriorGrrl | October 20, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Geez Whiz...!

The Right-Wing Republican Virginia Thomas was NOT even married to the ol' buzzard back in 1991.

What's she mad and paranoid about?

Seems like to me, Virginia Thomas is feeling really really "insecure" these days to be holding on to "old baggage" that did not even involve her back then.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | October 20, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

tomtildrum ....Anita Hill didn't "hold onto her anger"...

Remember Thomas was nominated to the Supreme Court..and Anita Hill was urged to step up with her charges to prevent him being confirmed.

She did so very reluctantly and suffered greatly for her courage.

Anita was being patriotic....sadly she failed and we have this angry, lying, conservative idiot as one of the NINE.

Makes me sick.

Posted by: celested91 | October 20, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

The PostPartisan articles give me great hope that under-skilled unemployed may find work here, as the hiring standards are so low, and fact checking is entirely an optional activity.

Posted by: SayWhat4 | October 20, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Apologize for what? Is her husband happy she dragged his conduct back into the public's memory?

Posted by: dcc1968 | October 20, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

LONG LIVE *LONG DONG SILVER* !!!

Posted by: motogp46 | October 20, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

TSK, TSK...Capehart's delicate sensibilities are offended by the fact that Mrs. Thomas has yet to relinquish events of the past. But I'll bet he still harbors animosity regarding slavery because that might be an important, unforgetable event that impacted his life - one that took place 200+ years ago and really has nothing to do with anyone alive today - unless you choose to keep it going. Maybe the call was made at that time assuming a Saturday was a reasonable time to connect with someone as opposed to a normal work day.

Posted by: ddnfla | October 20, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

As New Yorkers would say, "Furgetaboutit" We all will forget about it by tomorrow, Friday at the most.

Posted by: Ralph_Indianapolis | October 20, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Blonds have more fun! Maybe Mrs. Thomas is raising money for the Tea Party...attacking a black woman may get points from Republican men for Justice Thomas ...Justice Thomas needs to bring his wife to the Court and encourage her to hang out and have tea with the other "ladies..errr women." ...well, maybe not tea - perhaps the tea is too strong - cranberry juice may be better for Mrs. Thomas...Anyway, with all the other "interesting" women in politics today, Mrs. Thomas adds even more female delightfulness to the mix! We couldn't make this stuff up!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | October 20, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Clarence Thomas wanted to bed a real woman who could actually move her hips instead of the missionary style obese one he had at home. Mrs. Thomas could not find a white man who wanted her so she took Clarence "Self Hating" Thomas as a husband. He was, is, and will always be a token pawn of the Repugnicans doing their bidding with their puppet master hand up his behind. He is in the same category as Michael Steele, Sarah Pailin for women and Marco Rubio for Latinos. I want to be like you so let me think I am and I will do anything to be in the massahs house. Sad actually but also causing our country great pain. Dubya wold not have been able to steal the election and then maybe we would not have record deficits, hundreds of thousands of dead thousands of our own kids maimed, the constitution torn to shreds. Lets not forget the Citizens United decision which has put our government on the auction block. All politicians should be required to wear Nascar uniforms with the patches of who really owns them on them and don't come with the cute mysterious names like Citizens for Progress or similar. Clarence Thomas is a perv who is a stain on our country period and his piggy wife should shut her pie hole since she has nothing of value to add to the nations discourse.

Posted by: jbento | October 20, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Hello everyone... She is writing a book!!! What better way to get some buzz going.

After all these years it is amazing how there are still all these critics of Judge Thomas when everyone seems to have forgiven former President Bill Clinton of all his past, and not so far in the past, "proven" indiscretions. Talk about your double-standard!!

Posted by: MyMarie | October 20, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Mrs.Thomas is a stalker. Ms Hill should immediately get a restraining order against her.

Posted by: cfeher | October 20, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Her husband was subjected to a nationally televised vicious smear campaign because he dared to deviate from the approved ideological code for his "client class." The humiliating treatment accorded him is probably not something that many spouses would easily forget. I don't know whether or not Justice Thomas was guilty of the charges against him. I DO know that they would never have surfaced if he hadn't advocated unpopular political views. One wonders if other "leaders" -- say the Revs. Jackson or Sharpton or former President Clinton -- would come out looking like angels if their personal lives were put under a similar microscope?

Posted by: Marks1153 | October 20, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Anita Hill should consider getting a restraining order against Mrs. Thomas because her behavior is bizarre and frightening. Clarence Thomas has had 19 years to confess his past misdeeds to his wife. If she can't deal with her husband's flaws, Mrs. Thomas needs professional help and Ms. Hill needs protection.

Posted by: arizona7 | October 20, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

It's a very strange story. First the absurdity of Mrs. Thomas asking for an apology, as if she just presumes that Hill feels guilty for having lied and that it couldn't possibly have been true and is sure Hill is just waiting to come clean. That's a big leap of logic to ignore in making the call in the first place.

Then the question of why do it, if the obvious result is going to be Hill going public with "why the heck would I apologize when I was telling the truth" and promting yet another woman (McKewen) to come forward and say that the Thomas Hill described is exactly the Thomas she knew.

very strange

Posted by: JoeT1 | October 20, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

People had almost forgotten that her husband, a man thoroughly unqualified to be a Supreme Court justice by both ability and temperment, got the job because of his race.

Posted by: DaveHarris | October 20, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse
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Speaking of throughly unqualified people who got their job because of their race, has Barack Obama commented on this yet?

Maybe he should tell Mrs./ Thomas that she acted stupidly.

Anita Hill lied. Liars should apologize for their lies.

Posted by: etpietro | October 20, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

People had almost forgotten that her husband, a man thoroughly unqualified to be a Supreme Court justice by both ability and temperment, got the job because of his race.

Posted by: DaveHarris | October 20, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse
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Speaking of throughly unqualified people who got their job because of their race, has Barack Obama commented on this yet?

Maybe he should tell Mrs./ Thomas that she acted stupidly.

Anita Hill lied. Liars should apologize for their lies.

Posted by: etpietro | October 20, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that Mrs. Thomas called at 7:30 am. She wakes up with a grudge or she is a very early riser.

Posted by: kelly123 | October 20, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Virginia Thomas should have left this sleeping dog of a story sleeping.....

Posted by: snake_taylor | October 20, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

It also suggests that Anita Hill is an alarmist partisan attention ho.

One voice message and she heads to the New York Times?

But I wouldn't expect Capehart to notice that Anita Hill is no more relevant than she ever was.

Posted by: Benson | October 20, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

The right wing brutally attacked Professor Hill's integrity and years later one or more of those supporters admitted that they had fabricated claims against her in order to discredit her report of sexual abuse by Thomas. In fact a book was written by David Brooks,a former Right-wing muckraker and author of “The Real Anita Hill”, who sadly admits his writing was being heavily influenced by the Republican Party and apologized to Anita Hill in his book “Blinded by the Right”. It is astounding that I rarely read or hear about the most critical pieces of evidence in this scandal? Anita hill did not accuse Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. She answered a subpoena during which, after sworn testimony, Ms. Hill took a lie detector test administered by the foremost expert in the field at that time. SHE PASSED WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT! Clarence Thomas lied to Congress. This information must never be forgotten. Angela Wright was the other woman who was also sexually intimidated in the workplace by Clarence Thomas. The Republicans wouldn't allow Wright to testify. They knew it would verify Hill's story and show Thomas to have a pattern of sexually predatory behavior. For the record Thomas is one of THE worst justice's America has ever had. It's been FOUR YEARS SINCE HE ASKED A QUESTION IN COURT. He's completely silent! Apparently he believes that it is better to be silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

There is a reason why people in the "Hood" call him "Uncle Thomas", you figure out why.


Posted by: Taylorsucram | October 20, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Her husband was subjected to a nationally televised vicious smear campaign because he dared to deviate from the approved ideological code for his "client class." The humiliating treatment accorded him is probably not something that many spouses would easily forget. I don't know whether or not Justice Thomas was guilty of the charges against him. I DO know that they would never have surfaced if he hadn't advocated unpopular political views. One wonders if other "leaders" -- say the Revs. Jackson or Sharpton or former President Clinton -- would come out looking like angels if their personal lives were put under a similar microscope?

Posted by: Marks1153
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No but they are Democrats so they are protected from the slime attacks.

What Ted Kennedy did to Mary Joe Kopechne was far far worse than anything that Clinton did which was again worse than what Thomas has been accused of doing.

It is a fact that Mary Joe is dead. It is a fact that a semen stain was found on Monica's dress. It is an allegation that Thomas harrassed Hill. It may be true, but an unproved allegation remains an unproved allegation.

As an independent, I am pretty disgusted with the way the Democrats have behaved since 2000 when Bush's presidency enraged them.

Posted by: rjpal | October 20, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

This was a purely political/financial move, by a smart political activist, three weeks before an election. Ginni Thomas is fund-raising for her supposedly non-profit organization (just how do they get non-profit status for an organization that is devoted to political aims and campaigns anyway?). At the same time, she is hoping to stir up some anger on the right (as if there is any left to stir).

Posted by: turningfool | October 20, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

All the Right-wing-nuts hold grudges! They also steadfastly hold onto their own version history, that they try to recreate by oppressing others.
Uncle Tom 'long-dong' and his Stepford wife should be apologizing to Anita Hill.

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 20, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm still angry at that drunk lard@$$ Ted Kennedy for what he did to Robert Bork, his secret negotiations with the Soviets, and cover-up his nephew's rape in FL - but after years of counseling, I've learned to accept that its just what Liberals do.

Posted by: pgr88 | October 20, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Mrs.Thomas is a stalker. Ms Hill should immediately get a restraining order against her.

Posted by: cfeher
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Someone who makes one phone call is not a stalker.

Posted by: rjpal | October 20, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Thomas is acting nuts !!! That's really all there is to it!

Posted by: lcribas58 | October 20, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Seems like to me that Anita is as angry and partisan as always.

Good luck with that.

Posted by: Benson | October 20, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Ms Hill needs publicity to keep her allegations -- and her career -- alive.

Also, what "crime" has Mrs. Thomas committed? Telling Ms.Hill how she feels?

Ms Hill has had her 15 minutes of fame and deserves to be washed away by history. Ms. Thomas give her a chance to dash back to the spotlight for however brief period. But once swept away by history, one doesn't last long on revival.

Go away Ms. Hill and stay away.

Posted by: Crmudgeon | October 20, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

She's nuts, she's unstable,... anyone consider the possibility that Anita Hill tried to stop her husband from being a supreme court justice. I guess her remembering is proof she's mentally ill. Good luck.

Posted by: dcodco | October 20, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

We the public can never know what really happened, but remember there ARE two people who know the absolute truth, and one of them is lying. If it is Anita Hill it is of lesser consequence because it simply means we have another person trying to get her 15 minutes of fame by making false accusations against someone else. But if it is Justice Thomas, it means that at the base of the Supreme Court (the third estate of our government which makes legal/moral decisions for the 307 million rest of us) we have a lying, immoral, unethical, person who would corrupt all the decisions of the court and everything around him. Ant this would be a cancer at the heart of our very democracy.

Posted by: rmcmullin | October 20, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Sad that Virginia Thomas feels compelled -- and this most certainly smacks of compulsion -- to re-stir Justice Thomas' vat of lies and hatred. I cannot imagine an emotionally healthy adult acting the way Mrs. Thomas does.
Anita Hill, on the other hand, continues her impressive, dignified demeanor.
It is upsetting and downright crazy to contemplate Clarence Thomas considering cases as a justice on our U.S. Supreme Court. Bush Sr., what were you thinking? Were you thinking?

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | October 20, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Who "boils over" at 7:30 in the morning on a Saturday - weeks before major elections nationally that stands to alter if not exactly upset the balance of power in Washington? Apparently Virginia - the other lawyer in the Thomas household.

Mrs. Clarence Thomas is a high-level long time Republican operative, just as her revolting husband is an unqualified racist misogynist opportunist.

Posted by: streetnoise | October 20, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

"Ginni Thomas's voicemail to Anita Hill suggests she may never let go of her emotions." - the liberal/progressive POST

.....who can blame Mrs. Thomas.......

Anita Hill, the Democrat Party, and their dirty enablers in our liberal/progressive MSM wolfpack press Lyied and Mislead the American people and smeared Justice Thomas......

Yep it WAS a hi-tech lynching by the Party founded by a Slave Owner, the Democrats......

Ms. Hill is a liar and should have to under go a lie detector test........

Democrats = Smear merchants.......FACT

Posted by: allenridge | October 20, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

The confirmation of Justice Thomas has inflicted a lifetime mistake on the American people. Simply, there is no Justice with Thomas on the court. The other three wingnuts do hide their hate of the average American somewhat better.

Posted by: fare777 | October 20, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Justice Thomas should do us all a favor and announce his retirement.

Posted by: ozma1 | October 20, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Anita Hill took a lie detector test, administered by the foremost expert in the field. She passed. Thomas lied to Congress. This information must never be forgotten.

Posted by: Slann | October 20, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Virginia Thomas could have done the intelligent thing by sending Hill a postal letter, which is easier for the recipient to determine the authenticity of the sender then with a voice mail message. Is it hard to imagine that Anita Hill has received crank or threatening phone calls over the years because of this incident?

BTW - Insisting on an apology is not how most people would extend an "olive branch".

Posted by: dldbug | October 20, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I've got to say...Ms Thomas certainly has a HUGE pair of cohones.

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions1 | October 20, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

How does Capehart or anyone else have any knowledge of the truth to be able to comment one way or another?

Posted by: bobilly2 | October 20, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Hill's a nut job. Thomas is a nut job as well.

Posted by: FLvet | October 20, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The American Spectator has a story on how a George Soros organization was behind research and, in fact, scripted questions that democratic senators, especially Feingold, asked Thomas, virtually ver batim. It also discusses how the Washington Post knew what was going on and actually took part in this. Interesting reading. So, if Mrs. Thomas feels like her husband wasn't treated fairly and Anita Hill was part of this, can't say I disagree with her. Calling Hill, probably not something I would have done - but as the article says, McEwen is writing a book and Thomas must know that.

Posted by: termiteavenger | October 20, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Note to rjpal: You are right about Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton, as far that 2000 election is concerned you and i both know that was one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in the history of this country. Ginny Thomas either has issues or is smart like a fox(trying to stir republican anger) right before nov.2nd, her husband hasn't had a single relevant thought since he was appointed to the high court this is a very dysfunctional couple.

Posted by: dargregmag | October 20, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

The whole thing is surreal.

Thomas knows he said the stupid stuff Hill accused him of.

Hill should have ignored him or told him off or laughed in his face and kept moving... which apparently is what she did until she was dragged out to testify against him.

I don't think he's qualified to be anything but a blowhard, but if everyone who made stupid comments were denied a job, we'd all be unemployed.

If the truth were told all around, Thomas would admit he made those comments and say he knows he shouldn't have acted like such a frat boy. Hill would admit that she wasn't hurt by them, but rather thought he was just an asinine idiot that she rolled her eyes at and ignored.

Virginia Thomas is just another self-righteous right-winger with a holier-than-thou sense of entitlement. I cannot imagine what in her befuddled mind she thought would be the outcome of this call. But I will say that wives, like mothers, are usually the last to know what their loved ones are like when they're out of the house.

Posted by: Victoria27 | October 20, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I'll leave it at this: I don't want to be in the same room with any of them.

Posted by: rusty3 | October 20, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

What a slimey, arrogant, conceited, witch. It's hard to imagine someone worse than Clarence Thomas, but his wife is it.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | October 20, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Virginia Thomas exemplifies the repression and desire to control the world that characterizes many 'values' conservatives. The more they resist what they don't want to see, they more they deny what they don't want to hear, the more they refuse what's glaringly apparent to most of the rest of the world, the more uncomfortable and controlling they become, and the more they attempt to enforce their ways upon the rest of us (see Supreme Court, Roberts).

It's difficult to negotiate with people who insist their ways are the only right ones, but here we are again, and history suggests we do manage to muddle through, but it can be rather messy for a while...

Posted by: thanksforfish | October 20, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Mrs. Thomas hasn't let go of her emotions. At the same time, by calling the FBI about a wholly non-threatening voicemail message, it seems clear Ms. Hill has retained her propensity to misconstrue and overreact to trivial matters.

Posted by: qwerty6899 | October 20, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Sexual harrassment is utterly wrong, except when it's done by a Democrat.

Then, the woman is wrong.

Bashing a woman in the press is sexist.

Well, except if the woman is a Republican.

Then it's obviously o.k.

And it's not hypocritical.

Because only Republicans can be hypocritical.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | October 20, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. T is, let us not forget, just another Teabagging moron who wants the Constitution the Founders gave us, sans amendments, so people can have their property any which way they want, even if it is human.

Posted by: daweeni | October 20, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Since Clarence Thomas has not asked a single question from the bench since February of 2006, it seems to me that perhaps he should be apologizing to all of us for not doing his job.

Posted by: clintatl | October 20, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Where did you get that picture? I would never harass a women in the workplace and don't have a lot of sympathy for Judge Thomas. But all you need to do is look at the caption and read your mindless drivel to see it is nothing but a hatchet job.

Posted by: gr8cntry | October 20, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Where did you get that picture? I would never harass a women in the workplace and don't have a lot of sympathy for Judge Thomas. But all you need to do is look at the caption and read your mindless drivel to see it is nothing but a hatchet job.

Posted by: gr8cntry | October 20, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Interesting comments. Funny how neither the right nor left considers the possibility that they might be wrong about whether or not the harassment occurred. Rather than calling either women names how about considering that we really don't know the truth of the matter. What if Anita wasn't actually telling the full truth you lefties? What if she was telling the truth you right wing folks? Personally, I think there was some form of harassment. However, I don't think that it was as severe as reported. On the other hand, Thomas's bitterness after all these years leads me to believe that it might not have happened or Thomas felt he was led into it. How's that for thinking outside the left/right box? Some of you folks should try it.

Posted by: Fergie303 | October 20, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Anita Hill freaked out and referred the voice mail to campus police - sounds as if she hasn't let go of her anger either.

Posted by: rah1962 | October 20, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I agree with your implicit message, Capehart, that grudges aren't something that need to be held forever. So when are blacks going to stop blaming whitey and slavery for their problems?

Posted by: dadofmeg | October 20, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

A very lame attempt by the Republicans at an "October Surprise", while the Tea Party candidates are self-destructing.

Posted by: FrankIBC | October 20, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Anita Hill freaked out and referred the voice mail to campus police - sounds as if she hasn't let go of her anger either.

Posted by: rah1962 | October 20, 2010 2:49 PM |
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She did Ginni Thomas a favor. Now maybe the woman can get the help she so clearly needs. Expect her to drop out of site; I'm sure there is a rehab facility she can check into. She's already cancelled a media appearance today.

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | October 20, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

this looney teabagger is just as hateful and out of touch as the witch,nazi sympathizer and the homophobe racist in her party.
that stupid psychotic white b____h, would have a restraining order, that would be enforced if she ever contacted ms hill again, if i were her.
you'll hear the news soon the bagger will be hospitalized for "stress" and "exhaustion".

Posted by: ninnafaye | October 20, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

If Virginia Thomas truly believes her husband is innocent, why does she need an apology after 20 years? Is an apology the only thing that will ever set her mind at rest about him?

Posted by: solsticebelle | October 20, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she shouldn't have married a sexist idiot like Clarence Thomas?

Nah. That would be simple. Like him.

Posted by: WillSeattle | October 20, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, Ginny, I understand your simmering anger, but it could always be worse: you could be married to Bishop Eddie Long

Posted by: Tony83703 | October 20, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

It's becoming clearer why Virginia Thomas opened this can of worms now. She of course is not so stupid as to think Hill would actually apologize.

Virginia Thomas has been on the receiving end of some ethical questions lately in her business dealings, so this will distract from those and fire up her husband's supporters. That should prevent further inquiry into other areas, as they will claim sustained persecution on the heels of this. Very Machiavellian.

Posted by: bpai_99 | October 20, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Let's see: Ginny Thomas, right wing crazy lady, wants to somehow expunge the shameful record of what her husband did before she married him? So, she calls Anita Hill's high tech university answering system to dredge up memories of a very private woman to persuade her to come forward and deny facts. She didn't call Professor Hill directly, she left it on her answering machine when she knew nobody would be in the office. And how, exactly, was Professor Hill to know if the call was legitimate or a threat, after all these years? She turned it over to lawful authority. So the right is now excoriating her for doing what is correct??? Talk about a lynching!

Posted by: BobfromLI | October 20, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Crmudgeon wrote: Ms Hill needs publicity to keep her allegations -- and her career -- alive.

Also, what "crime" has Mrs. Thomas committed? Telling Ms.Hill how she feels?

Ms Hill has had her 15 minutes of fame and deserves to be washed away by history. Ms. Thomas give her a chance to dash back to the spotlight for however brief period. But once swept away by history, one doesn't last long on revival.

Go away Ms. Hill and stay away.
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Boy, are you really a carmudgeon. Ms. Hill didn't ask for this. This nutcase Ginny Thomas did -- after 20 years she feels the need to call Anita Hill to "tell her how she feels?" Well, how about how Anita Hill feels? Wouldn't it have been really wierd for her to have called Mrs. Thomas? You got this one wrong!

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | October 20, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I think the headline writer meant "deep-seated"
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/deep-seated

Posted by: scottdd1 | October 20, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Maybe, just maybe, Anita Hill was telling the truth. In which case, shouldn't Mrs. Thomas be apologizing to her?

Posted by: sameolddoc | October 20, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Benson wrote: Seems like to me that Anita is as angry and partisan as always.

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Well, you might be angry too if you were in her shoes. That said, seems to me that Mrs. Thomas rescucitated this ugly episode, not Ms. Hill. Why are you going after her? A little misplaced under the circumstances, don't you think?

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | October 20, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Virginia Thomas is delusional. It's time for a full-scale investigation of her "non-profit" Liberty Central. Follow the money.

Anita Hill is a courageous women who told the truth under subpoena. She also passed a lie detector test.

Posted by: org2 | October 20, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

There was not a shred of evidence provided by Hill to back up her claims of sexual harassment. One of the most disgusting displays was having Ted Kennedy sit in judgment of Justice Thomas. That is the same man who left a woman to die in 4 foot of water so he could return home and get is story straight before calling the police. As a Black Conservative American who retired after 22 years in the USMC, I can tell you that we are treated as Uncles Tom's in our community for our Conservative views. We are not drones to the Liberal ways that have kept many Black Americans down and out. They have been fooled by you Liberals to believe you care about them. Justice Thomas has served honorably and should be held up as a role model in the African American Community. The NAACP has been hijacked by politics and will not support Conservative African Americans. It should be named NAALCP. Liberals Suck!

Posted by: Cobra2 | October 20, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Her husband was slander by a single, uncorroborated witness, yet the Left slavishly repeats every word as gospel (while ignoring anything said by Juanita Broadrick, Paula Jone, Kathleen Willey, etc. etc. etc.).

Yes, the Thomas family DESERVES an apology.

Posted by: JustJoe3 | October 20, 2010 12:50 PM
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JustJoe: Read snesich's post almost immediately above yours and check out the link. Angela Wright was subpoenaed at the same time. She was blocked from testifying by republicans.

Personally, I was offended by this line of questioning as a way to try to derail Thomas' appointment to SCOTUS. As probably the single least qualified appointee in a century (pre-Harriet Miers), I thought that the Senate should have considered this instead of having to look for scandal.

However, the truth is that Bush could have appointed a feral cat and most republican senators would have voted for it.

There was an idea that the right was inching closer to repealing Roe and Thomas was the perfect candidate - no intellectual curiosity and quite prepared to vote as directed.

(The irony, of course, is if abortion is taking off the table as an issue the conservative coalition will fall to pieces. Not even taxes has the unifying appeal to the right as abortion does. Trust me, the movers and shakers on the right are making too much money to allow Roe to be repealed.)

You are also too naive!! You also need to learn a little more about history.

You might discover that the perfectly qualified - even though he was a conservative - Douglas Ginsberg, who was nominated by Reagan, was forced by republicans to decline because it was discovered he had smoked marijuana 20 some years earlier.

US Grant nominated Caleb Cushing to SCOTUS but Cushing had been ant-war and the republicans in the Senate (there they go again) were less than happy about that. If you think Bork had a tough time you should have spent a couple days with Caleb.

Caleb wasn't Borked. Bork was Cushinged.

And on and on. None of this is new.

Just like the republicans weakly and lamely tried to insinuate questions about Kagan's sexuality.

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | October 20, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

It was very brazen for Ginni Thomas to call Ms. Hill after almost 20 years on a Saturday morning to ask for an apology. Olive branch, I don't think so.. She has been angry for a long time. Maybe she should seek therapy.
I would like to believe Clarence Thomas was not aware of his wife's actions before hand. If he was he should consider stepping down, reason being how could he make clear judgments regarding other peoples lives when he can't control what going on in his own house.

Posted by: mitc1017 | October 20, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

By trying to whitewash her phone call by calling it an attempt to extend an olive branch, Mrs. Thomas made it difficult for anyone to believe in her truthfulness, her intelligence, or her regard for ours.

Posted by: PaulinMaryland | October 20, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

"Capehart: Ginni Thomas may never let go of deep-seeded emotions."

I think the expression is "...deep-seated emotions..." unless that was a pun, then it's incredibly witty.

Posted by: blackrobpsu | October 20, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I see that the rabid partisan rabble is at it again.

Posted by: curious606 | October 20, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I agree with your implicit message, Capehart, that grudges aren't something that need to be held forever. So when are blacks going to stop blaming whitey and slavery for their problems?

Posted by: dadofmeg
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Maybe when "whitey's" like you stop bringing it up???????

Do you really think we are in a "post-racial" society?

I went into a store last weekend in Lancaster, PA with a black friend. The two younger white clerks in the store essentially ignored me but one of them followed her up and down the aisles.

I guess that was her fault. She should have known better than to go into that store, right.

White people are not responsible for all of the issues faced by blacks in general. But if you cannot see that we continue to put obstacles in the way of certain people because of nothing more than their skin you are deluded.

PS - sure sounds like you are dragging a big time grudge around....

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | October 20, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Ginni is showing signs of instability. This episode is a desparate cry for help. If there is no adequate response; she is likely to escalate. Her involvement in hateful partisan activity causes her to be filled with hateful thoughts. And she is confused becaused she is a racist yet is married to whatever Thomas considers himself to be. I am sure it is not black. Still continual denial could have caused this erratic act to surface.

Posted by: marvel777us | October 20, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

This episode calls to mind one of my favorite sayings and always appropriate in my family - "sounds like she has Irish Alzheimers - forget everything but the grudge".

Posted by: raydsg | October 20, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

GINNI WAS OFFENSIVE AND THREATENING

Ginni, the ghetto crackhead wife of Justice Clarence Thomas was both out-of-line and THREATENING. Dr. Anita Hill deserves peace and quiet after the trauma she suffered in the hands of incompetent pimp Thomas and his protectors.

As the well-financed Head of the Rampaging Tea Party lunatics, Ginni Thomas is in a position to encourage her gang to attack Anita Hill. Dr. Hill was right to turn over the offensive voice mail to her school campus security and the school was right to turn the tape over to the FBI

Here's to hoping against hope that our clownish FBI will do something about Thomas and his knucklehead wife!

Posted by: Whispers | October 20, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Hello everyone... She is writing a book!!! What better way to get some buzz going.

After all these years it is amazing how there are still all these critics of Judge Thomas when everyone seems to have forgiven former President Bill Clinton of all his past, and not so far in the past, "proven" indiscretions. Talk about your double-standard!!
Posted by: MyMarie |

Well Marie: we will have to wait until Hillary telephone's Monica and ask for an apology now won't we?

It amazes me when a conservative gets caught wrong; their defenders will always bring up: "well...look what Judas did to Jesus. You're not complaining about that". Let's stay focused and current.

And does it bother anyone that Anita Hill did not do anything with this woman's husband"? That he was not married to Ginni at the time. Bizarre!

Posted by: marvel777us | October 20, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

So Ginny is at some hotel where she's just given a rousing speech to a room full of TeaBugger nutjobs. She has a few drinks afterwards, and heads to her room. She calls home to talk to Clarence Baby, but the phone just rings and rings. She heads back to the bar and has few more drinks, trying to shake-off the doubt, now rampaging through her mind. When she gets home, she confronts Long-Dong Clarence: "Where Were You When I Called?" Clarence backpedals for a few seconds, then swears he was in the basement, errr, I mean in the garage - and didn't hear the phone. Ginny finds an empty can of Coke in the garage, and despite knowing better, searches for pubes. This eats at her until she can stand it no longer. Someone has to pay! Ginny needs an answer!!!! It can't be her MAN Clarence who is lying, could it? She feels all that doubt, all that anger and rage, just welling up. Someone must pay!!! It's Saturday morning and she knows better but can't resist the impulse. She calls Anita, knowing there won't be an answer. After, she is consumed with regret and shame, but it's too late. Earth to Ginny: Trust your instincts, babe. He lied to you. Get over it. Leave Anita alone. She can't fix what's wrong in your life.

Posted by: meinschaft | October 20, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

So Ginny is at some hotel where she's just given a rousing speech to a room full of TeaBugger nutjobs. She has a few drinks afterwards, and heads to her room, happy that she's just earned another $50K speaking fee stirring up the rabble.

She calls home to talk to Clarence Baby, but the phone just rings and rings. She heads back to the bar and has few more drinks, trying to shake-off the doubt, now rampaging through her mind.

When she gets home, she confronts Long-Dong Clarence: "Where Were You When I Called?" Clarence backpedals for a few seconds, then swears he was in the basement, errr, I mean in the garage - and didn't hear the phone. Ginny finds an empty can of Coke in the garage, and despite knowing better, searches for pubes.

This eats at her until she can stand it no longer. Someone has to pay! Ginny needs an answer!!!! It can't be her MAN Clarence who is lying, could it? She feels all that doubt, all that anger and rage, just welling up. Someone must pay!!! It's Saturday morning and she knows better but can't resist the impulse. She calls Anita, knowing there won't be an answer. After, she is consumed with regret and shame, but it's too late.

Earth to Ginny: Trust your instincts, babe; you were right all along. He lied to you. Get over it. Leave Anita alone. She can't fix what's wrong in your life. When you lie with dogs, Ginny, you get fleas.

Posted by: meinschaft | October 20, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Thank God the Thomas's did not bring any kids into this world. Both are quite ugly and from Ginny's latest behavior, and Clarence's inferiority as being a black man, have mercy on what the offsprings would have tuned into.

Posted by: delainemcmath | October 20, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

As someone who has also left foolish messages, I sympathize with Ginni Thomas. Of course, I was drunk at the time (maybe she was, too). But she has to let this go. Nothing is gained by dredging it up, and it just makes her look unbalanced.

Posted by: MidwaySailor76 | October 20, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Oh good lord. Like the partisan left is good at letting grudges go. What a bunch of hypocrites.

I do give the Post credit for getting a wide range of views of this "important" story. We got three editorial, one from a liberal, another from further left liberal and one from a wacko liberal. All this in addition to Milbank's latest partisan drivel and Telnaes's daily exercise in partisan shallow thought.

All of your propaganda will not help you. The left is getting run out of town next month and all of your silly spin is ignored for the empty dreck that it is.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 20, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Ginny Lamp's call reminds me of "drunk dialing" during college.....
Cocktails imbibed at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday a.m.?
And I'm a Republican....but this is ridiculous and so embarrassing.
It's nearly been 20 years. Get over it!

Posted by: createsastir | October 20, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Hell hath no fury like...a liberal commenting about an African-American,female and/or gay conservative. Those groups were long ago deemed to be part of the liberal plantation mind set and when they stray, they are savaged.
Point of proof: Thomas and Scalia are ideological twins, yet the left reserves their vitriole for Thomas.

Posted by: GregGrapsas | October 20, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Wonder what Ginny Thomas's views are on Loving vs. VA? If she and Justice Thomas are really originalists would she refer to the Warren court as activist or render her marriage invalid.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | October 20, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

This is clearly a pre-emptive strike by the Conservatives. The extreme rightwing elements on the SCOTUS are about to do something even more heinous that installing GW Bush in the White House. Something more outrageous than granting (by their creator?) inalienable rights of free speech to State-created Corporate entities. By cranking up this issue, the next criticism of the The Court can be deflected as that "same old anti-Thomas lynch mob".

Mrs. Thomas wouldn't be the first wife who thought that her successful, loving, church-going husband was incapable of being a philandering louse. Ginny, he lied to you. Deal with it!

Posted by: thebobbob | October 20, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Ginny Thomas is Sharron Angle with a Supreme Court Justice for a husband. Mrs. Thomas is a sick, sick woman with major issues on many, many fronts. She is the archetypical female teabag.

Posted by: Observer691 | October 20, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I knew women who worked in the Department of Education who said they knew that Clarence Thomas did it; they had seen and heard his inappropriate conduct. I worked at another Federal Department, thank goodness.

Posted by: withersb | October 20, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

If you've read the best book on hte case, "Strange Justice" then you know that were FOUR women who reported being sexually harassed by Clarence Thomas. Anita Hill was the only one to testify.

I imagine the others are in the Witness Protection Program.

Posted by: cllr | October 20, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Ginny wouldn't be the first wife from either party (Clinton, Spitzer, Ensign, Vitter) to get that news.
BTW, multiple newspapers in FL and NY did their own "recount" of the 2000 Florida vote...Gore still lost the state.

Posted by: GregGrapsas | October 20, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

The best thing Ginni Thomas did, is to let the younger generation of voters know the history of how the thoroughly unqualified Uncle Tom, was confirmed as Supreme Court Justice, in spite of the fact that he was accused of sexual harrassment. Clarence Thomas tarnished history has now resurfaced after almost twenty years, thanks to his wife.

Posted by: fridaolay | October 20, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Tommybaseball wrote: White people are not responsible for all of the issues faced by blacks in general. But if you cannot see that we continue to put obstacles in the way of certain people because of nothing more than their skin you are deluded.

Yeah, you're right. I make it one of my daily tasks to ensure that no one with a skin shade lighter than mine will get something they might deserve. For example, I didn't shoot that guy who broke into my store last week. Damn, I must be a racist! Next time I'll just shoot the mofo.

Posted by: dadofmeg | October 20, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Sweet, dear "Ginni's" phone call does imply a veiled threat: that unless Hill apologizes, and quick, there will be more coming from dear old Ginni. Hill was right to handle the harassment as she did, & should seek a TRO against Dear Ginni. This was no "olive branch," & Thomas and Hill both know it. Thomas is being disingenuous in saying she meant no harm. If she really meant no harm she wouldn't have made the call in the first place.

Oh, and bobmoses, what in your addled little brain would make you think Liberals, Dems, & Progressives will "go away" after the midterm elections? What comes around goes around, pal, and you & your fellow teabaggers will get what's coming to you in due time. My guess: you won't much like it.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | October 20, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

This is all an effort to influence the midterms and suggest that conservatives have long suffered at the hands of the crazy liberals in Washington. The timing was very precise; it gets us talking about another decade (when we aren't parsing Christine O'Donnell's ignorance) rather than focus on the bread-and-butter issues that the election should be about. I am sorry the story made it into the world this early on.

Posted by: mercerreader | October 20, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

You have to know that if things were going swimmingly in the Thomas household the wife would have forgotten about Ms. Hill and the entire episode long ago.

Betcha he's never given up his old ways!

Posted by: buzzsaw1 | October 20, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

marvel777us:

Where did you get your (mis)information? Clarence and Virginia Thomas were married in 1987 and Ms. Hill testified over FOUR YEARS later, on October 11, 1991. Perhaps the upcoming 20 year anniversary of said perjury was what prompted the recent call?

Posted by: JakeD2 | October 20, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Anita Hill was a Blessing in disguise for Thomas. His Resume was crap, a distinctly undistinguished record and the Confirmation was in trouble. He was probably the weakest of the sorry specimens that the Bushes et al have packed the Supreme Court.

His Friend Sen. Danforth said that Thomas was so angry that he lay on the floor writhing in fury, calling his sanity into question, in the opinion of some, yet his Friends floated blather about how serenely he had borne the abuse.

Judicial Distemperment, indeed!

And a religious opportunist to boot. He was a life-long Roman Catholic, but by the time of the Hearings had switched to, "A charismatic Anglican (Episcopal) Sect associated with Pat Robertson", but after confirmation, returned to Catholic.

When asked what He thought caused Hill to make Her accusations, he said, "Because I married a lighter colored Woman?"

Monte Haun mchaun@hotmail.com

Posted by: mchaun | October 20, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I do not know why everybody is surprised about Virginia Thomas' senseless call to Ms. Hill. C'mon, the woman is a leader in the Tea Party. And, what is the Tea Party synonymous with? Racism, anger, perversion, idiocy, anti intellectualism, rebellion against constituted authorities, foolish pride, illusion of grandeur, lunacy, "nut job" (credit Ms. McCain), witchcraft and wizardry combined, hatred, passion devoid of commonsense and all other vices you can think of. Do not be surprised, afterall she is a "queenpin" of the Tea Party!

Posted by: midas20874 | October 20, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Thomas was simply trying to distract the easily distracted media from the investigation into her teabagging leadership while her husband is a Supreme Court juustice.

Posted by: therev1 | October 20, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Prof. Hill's acts, proper or improper, did not prevent Justice Thomas' appointment to the Supreme Court. Mrs. Thomas has been in DC for far too long. She needs to rusticate, perhaps come down here to Texas and go hunting with Mr. Cheney.

Most hosts ensure a moiety of the kill is provided each hunter, even if not all are successful. Moreover, the booze is often exquisite. If Mrs. Thomas were to down, say, even a pint of 1800 Tequila Reserva Reposado, she'd forget this nonsense and remember that her husband is one of the most powerful persons on the planet.

This reminds me. The rent is too damn high.

Posted by: Martial | October 20, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Jonathan, for confirming my own feeling about this.
It must be terrible to carry a grudge for 20 years with no relief.
When she appears in public, she brings shame on her husband's image and reputation.
Too bad she cannot realize this.
Perhaps they both can see the truth for the weeds.
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This morning, a TV crew tried to corner Ms. Hill on her way to teach class.
She has matured through the years as an elegant, beautiful woman with a shining smile and a manner of grace and dignity.
She's wonderful and I so regret she is being put through this meatgrinder again.
I believe Anita Hill and I believe that she was the tip of a huge iceberg of others who just didn't have the courage to stand with her.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | October 20, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Here is the real story. the morally corrupt democrats did a dirty hatchet job on Robert Bork, a man with a truly brilliant legal mind.
After the dirty little democrats ruined Bork, BushI put up Thomas as a candidate, a mediocre mind who is only there because he is black and stupid. Too smart by half, eh democrat pc vermin?

Posted by: carlbatey | October 20, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Here is the real story. the morally corrupt democrats did a dirty hatchet job on Robert Bork, a man with a truly brilliant legal mind.
After the dirty little democrats ruined Bork, BushI put up Thomas as a candidate, a mediocre mind who is only there because he is black and stupid. Too smart by half, eh democrat pc vermin?

Posted by: carlbatey | October 20, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Sentence correction in my last post (October 20, 2010 11:12 PM):
It should read:
"Perhaps they both CAN'T see the truth for the weeds."
Sorry 'bout that.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | October 20, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Mr. Capehart either heard the message Mrs. Thomas left or read a transcript. I'd encourage people to do so before reaching a conclusion. Angry might not be the adjective you'd use to describe it. Very poor reporting by Mr. Capehart.

Posted by: ccaridi
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Not all angry voices shout. But anger does hold a grudge for 19 years.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 20, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

. Clarence Thomas tarnished history has now resurfaced after almost twenty years, thanks to his wife.

Posted by: fridaolay |

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Now there's a thought! Maybe Mrs. Thomas is getting back at her husband and not at Ms. Hill.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 20, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

can't take Capehart seriously. Already know where he stands, no need to waste time actually reading his latest agitprop. WaPo doesn't need more predictable libs like Capehart. Boring.

Posted by: gbooksdc | October 20, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Neo-Nazi alert!
"Here is the real story. the morally corrupt democrats did a dirty hatchet job on Robert Bork, a man with a truly brilliant legal mind.
After the dirty little democrats ruined Bork, BushI put up Thomas as a candidate, a mediocre mind who is only there because he is black and stupid. Too smart by half, eh democrat pc vermin?"
Posted by: carlbatey | October 20, 2010 11:30 PM
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In the message above notice the following:
1. The disrespect for Justice Thomas, attacking his mental ability and the color of his skin.
2. The use of the term "vermin".
That is a term the German Nazis applied to all Jews, in an attempt to reduce them to a status not just less than human, but also a danger to human society.
It was central to the Wanasee Declaration on the Final Solution.
Anyone who applies such tactics to politics today is trying to resurrect the same tactics.
This is anti-American and traitorous in the extreme, attempting to subvert the political process, already under stress.
3. Robert Bork's nomination has nothing to do with Clarence Thomas's nomination whatsoever.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | October 20, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

One wonders if other "leaders" -- say the Revs. Jackson or Sharpton or former President Clinton -- would come out looking like angels if their personal lives were put under a similar microscope?

Posted by: Marks1153
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No but they are Democrats so they are protected from the slime attacks.

What Ted Kennedy did to Mary Joe Kopechne was far far worse than anything that Clinton did which was again worse than what Thomas has been accused of doing.

It is a fact that Mary Joe is dead. It is a fact that a semen stain was found on Monica's dress. It is an allegation that Thomas harrassed Hill. It may be true, but an unproved allegation remains an unproved allegation.

As an independent, I am pretty disgusted with the way the Democrats have behaved since 2000 when Bush's presidency enraged them.

Posted by: rjpal |

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You two are joking, right? Seriously. You don't think Clinton paid for his indescretion? His partner was WILLING. You don't think Jackson was pursued and outed or have you both forgotten that? It cost him a lot of his empire.
You don't think the right would be all over Sharpton if they had anything? Kennedy's criminal actions cost him ever having a shot at the presidency.

You seem to forget that Thomas was appointed as a SC justice! How did this hurt him other than to piss him (and his wife) off?

The left gets hacked just like the right does when they behave inappropriately. Quit whining. You act as if Dems just get a bye.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 21, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

2. The use of the term "vermin".
That is a term the German Nazis applied to all Jews, in an attempt to reduce them to a status not just less than human, but also a danger to human society.
It was central to the Wanasee Declaration on the Final Solution.
Anyone who applies such tactics to politics today is trying to resurrect the same tactics.


Posted by: Judy-in-TX |

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Judy, thanks for posting this. I report every post that uses the term vermin or DemocRAT or any version of these terms.

You are exactly right. It is the first step in an attempt to dehumanize American citizens. Once reduced to the level of vermin it's acceptable to berate these people or eliminate them.

And no, I don't think there's a concerted effort to do away with liberals, however, every action starts somewhere and a responsible news magazine would nip this one in the bud.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 21, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

"This episode calls to mind one of my favorite sayings and always appropriate in my family -- "sounds like she has Irish Alzheimer's -- forget everything but the grudge."
Posted by: raydsg | October 20, 2010 3:59 PM
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Thank you, raydsg.
"Irish Alzheimer's" -- that's rich.
Thanks!
:-)

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | October 21, 2010 12:45 AM | Report abuse

arancia12,
A number of years ago, I had the privilege to view the full 9-hour version of "Shoah" and I learned a lot from that documentary.
It set me on a search to understand what the problem was with the Jews that set Adolf Hitler off and how they instituted this systemic slaughter without stirring up the wrath of the German populace.
They did it by discrimination; first, by consistent labels, like this one.
Then, by politically subverting the German parliament and passing laws to remove the human rights which would have normally been accorded to all German citizens.
After that, they met at Wanasee to plot the complete elimination of the Jewish people, along with the expropriation of all their properties, using concentration camps for slave labor.
They were inundated with so many people, that they devised systematic extermination procedures for those whom they considered no longer useful in their factories and workhouses.
When Barack Obama began running for the presidency in 2008, on these comment threads, I began to notice the persistent labels and rude, arrogant comments aimed at all Democrats.
As the campaign progressed, it got worse and worse.
The 2010 mid-term campaign has brought it out into a flaming, furious and consistent daily series of diatribes.
We simply cannot allow this behavior to stand.
So I have begun to retort and I hope it is successful.
Thank you for your comment, arancia.
I really appreciate it.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | October 21, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

"Ms. Hill is a liar and should have to under go a lie detector test. ..."
Posted by: allenridge | October 20, 2010 2:07 PM
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Oh, allenridge, and you are absolutely certain Ms. Hill is a liar.
You have personally verified that fact.
Right?
How?
She DID take a lie detector test.
She passed.
Could you have done as well, if you were asked under the same test whether you could prove she lied?
I didn't think so.
Give us a break.
You no more know what you are talking about than a 3-year-old trying to explain nuclear fission.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | October 21, 2010 2:43 AM | Report abuse

"Anita Hill lied. Liars should apologize for their lies."
Posted by: etpietro | October 20, 2010 1:44 PM
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etpietro:
You have just insulted the integrity of a woman without any reason or proof, but simply out of partisanship.
You're a fine one to make any rash judgment on the character of another.
And for your information, Ms. Hill willingly took a lie detector test.
She passed.
Something tells me, if you were put under the same interrogation and asked how you knew for certain that she was a liar and lied under oath, you most certainly would not pass.
Move on, folks.
etpietro can contribute nothing.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | October 21, 2010 3:16 AM | Report abuse

if this is really news then we are a deprived and starved nation. no one gives a rats ass about this subject then or now. Anita Hill had her day at the Senate. SNL did its skit, and character actors who have played Long Dong Silver over the years or Mr Foot Long may be up for an oscar-mayer that is award to receive the Silver Schlong. Enjoy Halloween and dress up as a Bun.

Posted by: bankalchemist | October 22, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

pgr88 said, "I'm still angry at that drunk lard@$$ Ted Kennedy for what he did to Robert Bork, his secret negotiations with the Soviets, and cover-up his nephew's rape in FL - but after years of counseling, I've learned to accept that its just what Liberals do."

Then too, pgr, it's so darned hard to telephone the dead. Perhaps you should just get over it.

Posted by: peteycat | October 22, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

If a woman wake up so early in the morning to leave this kind of message, I can just imagine the conversation the night before. I also wonder whether there may be suspicions of a wandering eye which triggered this.

It must have been about Ms. Hill with someone doing his utmost to convince a still suspicious and insecure wife nothing happened. The said wife was still stewing all night long and could not sleep thus the early rising.

This may have been a desperate last pitch to hear Ms. Hill say she made it up so that the said wife would regain her sanity.

Just wondering -I would have loved to be the fly on the wall of that house.

Posted by: sithole | October 25, 2010 3:11 AM | Report abuse

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