Clarence Thomas Speaks

by Ryan on October 2, 2007

in Judicial Watch,Politics

60 Minutes aired the first interview of Justice Thomas on Sunday and my interest in him was piqued.  When I heard that he had a ninety-minute interview on Rush (before all the “phony soldiers” nonsense) and then an exclusive interview with Sean Hannity, I was excited.  I heard the 60 Minutes interview and the Hannity interview.  I was absolutely glued to the screen.  It was almost surreal thinking that, “wow, this is really Clarence Thomas,” conservative justice, the only African American justice, the fourth vote to toss out Roe v. Wade, and always very far from the spotlight– more than any other justice in my lifetime. 

I remembered the confirmation hearings back in 1991– and that’s about it from Justice Thomas.  I remember the Anita Hill hearings, I remember the lambasting that Thomas gave the Senate committee for their behavior during those confirmation hearings, but I didn’t remember what his voice really sounded like, who he is as a person, and that there’s something behind being one of those nine black-robed figures that interpret the Constitution on the issues of the day.  I knew he was conservative, but not how he became a conservative.  These strong of interviews help illuminate who this highly influential man is– a strong black man who rose through the ranks to be one of the nine most powerful people in our nation.  It’s an amazing story worth checking out.

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wickle October 2, 2007 at 9:05 pm

If you’re really interested in the subject (and I admit, this is about to run up my Geek Rating), you should read some of his opinions. Most of them can be found here:

It’s fascinating stuff … you know, if you’re a complete geek … gotta go, I need to re-tape my glasses again.


Chris October 2, 2007 at 10:14 pm

Very impressive man and the epitome of character. He handled himself with grace and strength in light of the media bashfest known as his confirmation hearings.

I remember watching the Anita Hill hearings when I was young and years later in college in one of my upper level History classes, this came up. There were 3 people in a 25 person class who supported Thomas (I was one of those 3 and the professor was not in that group…big surprise) and believed Anita Hill to be, at best, stretching the truth and being a used pawn of the MSM trying to discredit Thomas, and at worst, a downright liar.

Clarence Thomas is one who every young person in this country should look up to as a role model for both his character and legal mind and is truly one of the great legal minds to sit on that court.


Huh? October 2, 2007 at 10:23 pm

What do you mean “very far from the spotlight”? Is that a typo, did you mean to write “not very far”? Stevens, Kennedy, Powell, Blackmun, etc….his confirmation alone pretty much tops them. I guess you were kidding.


Mike October 2, 2007 at 11:11 pm

It actually isn’t confusing. As a Supreme Court Justice, Thomas has given few interviews, given relatively few lectures, and rarely asks questions from the bench. As a Justice, he has been, as the post says, “very far from the spotlight.” The fact that you had to refer to an event which happened sixteen years ago (before Thomas was even on the Court) to prove otherwise, actually proves Ryan’s point.


Mike October 4, 2007 at 6:32 pm

Thanks for the link Wickle. Thomas is my favorite Supreme Court Justice.


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