Clarence Thomas’ Weinergate Breather

8 Jun

While we’re all agape over Weiner sexting, a sitting Supreme Court justice stands accused of not just the appearance of impropriety, but colossal conflicts – and potential conflicts – of interest.

And for those of you who like the Weiner scandal, let’s don’t forget that Clarence Thomas likes porn, makes jokes about pubic hair on a can of coke, and was otherwise sexually inappropriate with his former co-workers.

I’m astonished that a sitting Justice on the highest court in the land can’t get it together to properly make financial disclosures dating back to 1997.

“It has come to my attention,” Justice Thomas wrote Monday to federal officials, “that information regarding my spouse’s employment required in Part III B of my financial disclosure report was inadvertently omitted due to a misunderstanding of the filing instructions.”

Remember when Geithner got in trouble for underreporting, then amending tax returns because he used TurboTax? What’s Thomas’ excuse?

12 Responses to “Clarence Thomas’ Weinergate Breather”

  1. Jesse June 8, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    When even a Supreme Court justice can’t keep all the myriad regulations straight, what chance do the rest of us have?

  2. Jesse June 8, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    Also… Geithner doesn’t seem to have been dinged in any meaningful way for his “transgression” against the IRS.  No doubt this will blow over for Thomas – it’s too easy to spin this as a straight political attack.

  3. Bbill June 8, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    When even a Supreme Court justice can’t keep all the myriad regulations straight, what chance do the rest of us have?

    Now THAT’s creative spin. Somewhere Frank Luntz is smiling appreciatively at that big bucket o’bull. Well done sir!

  4. Charles June 8, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    I rad “My Grandfather’s Son” on an airplane to the west coast when it came out.  CT indeed deserves credit for working hard to get himself into a position to excel in Yale law school.  But then he flames out blaming discrimination for his lack of job offers while he watched better connected (white) classmates piggyback on their privileged (white) upbringing. He doesn’t seem to grasp that it 9is not necessarily the whiteness of their skin tha assure success, but the affirmative action of their pedigrees that opens door. (e.g. GHWB)

    But then in his own story, Thomas doesn’t seem to grasp the irony that his Yale connection landed him in Sen. Danforth’s office (Danforth was looking for someone specifically from his alma mater) and from there CT’s career in “public service” took root and flourished. 

    The man is perpetually angry, self-centered and self-loathing. It is not surprising that he could fancy himself a learned member of the highest court of the land while at the same time having the balls to blame his inability to follow simple instructions for his failure to disclose.  

    I pity both he and our country. 

  5. Ward June 8, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    Any chance this blog (following KOS, etc.) is trying to DQ Thomas from the Obamacare case in order to offset Justice Kagan’s inevitable recusal based on her direct participation in White House strategy meetings, as Solicitor General, to organize the legal defense of Obamacare?

    Of course, she categorically denied any such involvement during her confirmation hearings. It was only a month ago that e-mails surfaced, evidincing her involvement. After her nomination the topic of her involvement in the Obamacare legal defense was discussed, and she instructed one of her deputies, “This needs to be coordinated. Tracy you should not say anything about this before talking to me.”

    Nice diversion, guys. The old Clarence Thomas pubic hair ploy. Why did you leave out Long Dong Silver?

    • Alan Bedenko June 8, 2011 at 11:46 am #

      I didn’t. I called him a porn enthusiast. Thanks!

  6. Leo Wilson June 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    I think Thomas should recuse himself from the case for this conflict of interest. I also think Kagan should recuse herself from the case for her conflict of interest, since she was one of the advisors for writing the legislation to begin with.

    There are two conflicts. Why challenge only one?

  7. Eric Saldanha June 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    @Ward – what “direct participation” re: Kagan? Judicial Watch’s “blockbuster” discovery of OSG e-mails don’t indicate any direct involvement on Kagan’s part regarding ACA defense….they only “suggest” at her possible participation. Not the smoking gun that the Clinton-member obsessed JW was looking for.

    Meanwhile, we have clear and direct evidence that Justice Thomas’ teabagging, drunk-dialing mess of a wife has profited from her work as an anti-HCR lobbyist and stands to make even more filthy lucre if the SC overturns part or all of it. Not that the SC would miss Justice’s Thomas active role in deliberations by not asking a single question from the bench.

  8. Rob June 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Has Ward (of “John Raese won the election” / In 3 weeks it will be Rep. Jane Corwin fame) ever said anything on this blog that was actually true? Just wondering.

  9. mark June 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    those links clearly show a conflic for kagan, thanks for making me chuckle.

  10. Eric Saldanha June 8, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    @Mark – what they show is a clear firewall between nominee Kagan and the development of defense strategy for ACA once she was nominated for the SC in May 2010. I guess you’ll just have to take Kagan’s word at her confirmation hearings in front of the Senate…the same as we had to take Roberts’ and
    promises at theirs.

  11. Max June 10, 2011 at 5:14 am #

    Thanks for the reminder, Alan. The Weiner imbroglio provides a pleasant distraction for the media, whose page views are rocketing as readers search for his ‘junk’ imagery. That’s easier than drawing attention to the many indiscretions of Clarence Thomas, which are far more damaging to indivduals and the nation, at large.

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