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Sun Feb 26, 2012, 05:03 AM

 

The Rethug "let's throw shit against the wall & see what sticks dept": Clarence Thomas For POTUS

Clarence Thomas Is a Long Shot for President, But His Candidacy Makes a Lot of Sense

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/02/26/clarence-thomas-is-a-long-shot-for-president-but-his-candidacy-makes-a-lot-of-sense.html

Call it a longshot if you like, but in this anything-can-happen political year, the Supreme Court justice has qualities to recommend him to a broad spectrum of voters. With the Republican presidential nomination still up in the air, the possibility of a brokered convention is looking increasingly likely. Under the party’s rules, the delegates won by Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and the others in the primaries and caucuses are obligated to vote for their assigned candidate only on the first ballot. If no candidate wins the required number of votes, the delegates can throw their support to anyone. There’s speculation that party insiders, unhappy with the current field, might float the candidacy of someone not now in the race, like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie or Jeb Bush.

While Christie and Bush might be fine candidates, perhaps the Republicans should consider a more inspired and game-changing pick: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Far-fetched? Maybe. But a Thomas candidacy would energize Republicans in a way that few other Republicans can and would steal tremendous media attention from President Barack Obama.

Unlike the flip-flopping Mitt Romney, Thomas is a true conservative who could appeal to all of the segments of the Republican coalition. Tea Partiers would see Thomas as one of their own. Not only has he been a consistent voice to curtail the power of the federal government but his wife Ginni, a Tea Party activist herself, has been a leader in the fight to repeal Obama’s healthcare reform law. Wall Street Republicans would be buoyed by Thomas’s opposition to environmental regulation and his free market philosophy. Blue-collar workers could embrace Thomas’s up-by-his-bootstraps story of rising from incredible poverty–until he was 7, his home had no indoor plumbing–and his votes to end affirmative action and preserve the Second Amendment. Evangelicals will like that he’s against abortion, gay rights, and limits on prayer in school.

Thomas is also very smart. When he first joined the Supreme Court, some people thought he would just mimic Justice Antonin Scalia, the intellectual leader of the Court’s conservative wing. Over the years, however, Thomas has become a powerful voice for his brand of constitutional conservatism and has proven himself a more devout believer in originalism than even Scalia. Today, it seems as if Scalia is more likely to follow Thomas.

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Reply The Rethug "let's throw shit against the wall & see what sticks dept": Clarence Thomas For POTUS (Original post)
stockholmer Feb 2012 OP
BlueJazz Feb 2012 #1
Kalidurga Feb 2012 #2
3waygeek Feb 2012 #3
Motown_Johnny Feb 2012 #4
KeepItReal Feb 2012 #6
Democrat18 Feb 2012 #5
HillWilliam Feb 2012 #7
hayrow1 Feb 2012 #8
izquierdista Feb 2012 #9

Response to stockholmer (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 05:15 AM

1. Isn't there a law , that says "A Cockroach may not hold the office of President"

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Sun Feb 26, 2012, 05:27 AM

2. Meh, he isn't as likeable as Obama so...

bring it on. I don't know much about him so he would be a welcome addition to the clown car. Probably not as entertaining as the current line up, but it would be nice to see the Fab Four squirm as someone that at least looks respectable joins in on the fun.

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Response to stockholmer (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 05:36 AM

3. We should encourage this...

if Thomas runs for Prez, he'd have to step down from Scotus. Anyone President Obama would pick would move the court's balance to the left.

Which is precisely why it won't happen.

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Sun Feb 26, 2012, 05:36 AM

4. The guy could be replaced by a cardboard arrow reading "what he said"

pointed at Scalia

He is the only justice in 40 years to go an entire year without asking a question in open court, and he has not asked a question 6 years. (Unless something has changed in the last year, this is a year old article)


http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/justice-thomas-to-hit-five-year-anniversary-of-silence-on-bench/

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In the past 40 years, no other justice has gone an entire term, much less five, without speaking at least once during arguments, according to Timothy R. Johnson, a professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. Justice Thomas’s epic silence on the bench is just one part of his enigmatic and contradictory persona. He is guarded in public but gregarious in private. He avoids elite universities but speaks frequently to students at regional and religious schools. In those settings, he rarely dwells on legal topics but is happy to discuss a favorite movie, like “Saving Private Ryan.”

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Response to Motown_Johnny (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 06:26 AM

6. For Tha WIN!!! Well said!

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Response to stockholmer (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 05:49 AM

5. Thank you!

 

I needed that!

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Sun Feb 26, 2012, 07:39 AM

7. While we'd all LOVE to see him try (as entertaining as it would be)

Ol' Clarence has too much sneaky shit going on he doesn't want attention called to... oooohhhh and we would love to call national attention to it. He knows if he just keeps quiet he's got a good, easy, no-work, no-sweat gig going on right where his big ass is sitting.

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Sun Feb 26, 2012, 08:15 AM

8. Sorry, black man, white wife....

 

Running as a Republican he would have to go to areas where he would need to worry about alot more than a "high-tech" lynching.

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Response to stockholmer (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 09:40 AM

9. "very smart" in the sense that a Labrador Retriever can be "very smart"

 

Clarence faithfully chases down any crazy-ass idea that Fat Tony throws out, brings it back, and defends it against all intruders that might want to toss it in the trash where it belongs.

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