Though dead, yet does the controversy surrounding the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings live, at least in the mind of the head of the conservative Liberty Central lobby, Mrs. Clarence Thomas.
According to Nina Totenberg:
In a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction twist, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas earlier this month left a voice-mail message for Anita Hill, asking Hill to apologize for her 1991 testimony accusing then Supreme Court nominee Thomas of sexual harassment.
Virginia Thomas has confirmed through a spokesman that on Oct. 9, she left a voice-mail message at Hill’s Brandeis University office. News organizations, including The New York Times and ABC, have reported that they heard the recording, which said: ‘Good morning, Anita Hill. Its Ginni Thomas. I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought and certainly pray on this, and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. OK, have a good day.’
From all indications, Anita Hill has refused the request on the grounds that she did nothing wrong. The request has sparked renewed attention on an issue considered by many to be dead and gone. Now, it appears that the claim has been an unresolved question in the mind of Mrs. Thomas. Is it not enough that she is grappling with numerous inquiries about conflicts of interest for her husband and herself in connection with the the Liberty Central lobby?
Larryflynt.com is particularly critical of Ginni Thomas, addressing her in a stinging recent article:
By attaching yourself to the Tea Party, a right-wing-financed front group, you have— with your husband’s help—shredded whatever was left of the notion that the judges of our highest court are impartial arbiters of the law. Clearly, the majority of them—like you—have an extreme right-wing agenda.
Let’s look at your politics. You worked for Republican Dick Armey when he was a congressman. (Armey now heads FreedomWorks, a major backer of the Tea Party.) And you were a consultant for the ultraconservative think tank Heritage Foundation. More recently you’ve stated that it’s time to ‘get the Constitution back to a place where it means something’ and that it’s time to fight against ‘tyranny.’
How odd. Your husband and his right-wing cohorts have controlled the Supreme Court since at least 2000, if not earlier. Everything threatening our way of life today is the result of their decisions: the erosion of the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and 14th Amendments; the loss of habeas corpus; and an economy on life support. This has all happened because of the stupidity you and your husband embrace.
Mrs. Thomas has opened the proverbial can of worms of the Anita Hill debate by refusing to accept the fact that her husband was confirmed despite of the charge. In addition, the bullseye on her head because of the Liberty Central-Tea Party connection should keep the Thomas family on the hot seat for quite some time.