Saturday, February 22, 2014

Doubting Thomas

Don't always agreed with Jeff Toobin, but glad to see he is roasting Clarence Thomas at The New Yorker for something many make excuses--his total silence at SCOTUS for eight years now (anniversary is today).  Toobin accurately calls it an "embarrassment" both for Thomas and the institution.  And even "demeaning."
He also projects a different kind of silence than he did earlier in his tenure. In his first years on the Court, Thomas would rock forward, whisper comments about the lawyers to his neighbors Breyer and Kennedy, and generally look like he was acknowledging where he was. These days, Thomas only reclines; his leather chair is pitched so he can stare at the ceiling, which he does at length. He strokes his chin. His eyelids look heavy. Every schoolteacher knows this look. It’s called “not paying attention.”

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