Quote of the Day – Clarence Thomas

October 3, 2007 at 4:44 pm | Posted in American politics | 5 Comments

Talk about snobbery!

“Whoop-dee damn-doo,” Thomas relates telling his wife when she interrupted his bath to report that he had been confirmed. “Mere confirmation, even to the Supreme Court, seemed pitifully small compensation for what had been done to me.”



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  1. How is that snobbery? You know what he is referring to when he says “small compensation for what had been done to me”, don’t you? My guess is that what he was expressing was a feeling that he would rather not have been nominated at all than subjected to the public spectacle of the sexual harassment allegations.

  2. john,

    No, this is a sign of a man who is so offended that the only thing that will bring him any sense of happiness is the utter defeat of his political “enemies.”

    What, did he think he could just waltz into the Supreme Court? I like what Eugene Robinson says about him:

    Back to affirmative action, which Thomas famously opposes: He was 43 and had one year of judicial experience when Bush the Elder nominated him to replace Thurgood Marshall on the court. Even Thomas can’t seriously believe Bush’s claim that he was the “most qualified” candidate.

    In the interview with Kroft, Thomas spoke of his experience at Yale Law School, which set aside a number of slots for minority students. He said he sees his Yale law degree as “tainted,” worth less than a white student’s degree.

    This is why some critics have described Thomas as self-loathing — not because he holds conservative political views or because he’s a Republican, not because he objects in principle to affirmative action, but because he so discounts his own achievement. All Yale gave Thomas was the opportunity; he had to earn the degree. Yet he overlooks his own brains and hard work.

    Thomas resents the fact that he couldn’t get a job despite graduating in the middle of his class. Maybe prospective employers thought his white classmates were smarter, or maybe they just didn’t want to hire a black man. But even if the whole world undervalued Clarence Thomas, why does he so undervalue himself that he keeps his law diploma in the basement with a “15 cents” sticker on the frame?

    Thomas really should work out these issues for himself. Instead, he seems to be doing his best to save future generations of disadvantaged minorities from the indignity and shame of a Yale law degree.

    The guy’s got issues, dude.

  3. John F.

    Thomas’ response reflects all to clearly that he was a political appointment to the Court by Bush 41. At the time, of course we were told he was the best qualified to fill the seat–never mind the fact his career was lack luster at best. If I recall, the ABA rating was apparently split between a qualified and not qualified. His entire career was one opportunistic political appointment after another. Why, because he’s a conservative Black man. One who took every advantage of the affirmative action laws in place, to get to the top, and once there has done everything in his power to dismantle the very programs that allowed him to succeed.

    What was done to Thomas, he did himself. The man is still “Uppity” and is still a liar. On top of it all, the weight of the evidence suggests not only did he sexually harass a subordinate while heading the very department mean to root out such harassment–but, he perjured himself under oath, in front of Congress and the American people when given the chance to testify about it.

    All that crap about a “high tech” lynching is a slap in the face to those of his race who suffered the fate of the real thing, in real life. The man is a disgrace to his race, and to the United States Supreme Court.

  4. I disagree with that analysis Guy, especially about him coasting through life on the merits of being a black man, and still think that Thomas’s comment, which Dan derides as snobbery, is merely just a reflection that the confirmation process was so aweful that by the time he was actually confirmed, he felt bitterness and a sense that it wasn’t worth it.

    Guy, if what you say about Thomas is true, about him only getting to any of the positions he was in because he was a black man and not because of merit or ability, then that exemplifies one of the downsides of affirmative action — that no matter how qualified a minority candidate for a position might be, some segment will always say he or she got there simply because they were a minority and coasted in on the back of affirmative action.

  5. john,

    that exemplifies one of the downsides of affirmative action — that no matter how qualified a minority candidate for a position might be, some segment will always say he or she got there simply because they were a minority and coasted in on the back of affirmative action.

    or mayhap that he really wasn’t qualified enough for the Supreme Court but was selected because he was black.

    Either way, I agree with you. This is the downside of affirmative action.

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