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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-20-13 01:53 AM
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Clarence the Silent usually votes with Scalia. Is that coincidence, or
does Thomas believe that Scalia is the one to follow?

Don't know, but I don't believe that Thomas is considered a great thinker. I think the ABA scored him pretty low, though not as low as the Republicans expected, or as low as I would have scored him. His academic and legal career before the SCOTUS was relatively undistinguished, IMO.

I think Republicans felt that they had to replace Thurgood Marshall with an African American and did not, at that time, have many African Americans to choose from. They have more now, but, then, an African American Republican with legal training was a pretty rare thing.

I also believe that his Senate confirmation was one of the examples that more or less proved definitively that legislators could care less how many calls they get from the general public. They got so many calls from women after Anita Hill testified, it was not funny. And, as I said, his resume was not especially distinguished, nor was his ABA rating. They could easily, and very legitimately, have withheld confirmation and made Bush nominate someone else. But, obviously, the die had been cast. They put that poor woman thru that debacle for nothing.
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