June 16, 2011
Clarence Thomas Can Breathe a Sigh of Relief at Weiner Downfall
By earl ofari hutchinson
Every Democrat from the White House down screamed loudly for New York Representative Anthony Weiner to resign, and he finally did. But it’s not a Democrat that’s breathing the biggest sigh of relief at Weiner’s downfall. It’s Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. There was much talk a year ago that Weiner would be the pointman on the House Judiciary Committee if it decided to go after Thomas for his long trail of financial manipulations, abuse, and duplicity. Weiner gave some hope that he’d be the go-to guy against Thomas because he had been hammering him publicly for his dealings and demanding that he recuse himself from any high court deliberations and ruling on the constitutionality of the health care reform law that conservatives loathe.
Weiner certainly had a lot of ammunition to make Thomas’s misdoings a prima facie legal and political embarrassment for the GOP. This stemmed from Thomas’s wife Ginni’s mini-king’s ransom earnings, which she received from assorted right-wing foundations and think tanks. The Heritage Foundation was a prominent funder of Ginni Thomas, as were the ultraconservative Koch brothers, the Coors family and Richard Mellon Scaife, all of whom have a major interest in any number of Supreme Court rulings.
Thomas did disclose her earnings. He did not disclose the speaking fees and perks he got from a bevy of the same conservative groups that his wife worked for and had close political ties to. And then he refused to acknowledge her involvement with Liberty Central.