Monday, January 24, 2011

Clarence Thomas - evildoer?

Common Cause has outed Clarence Thomas for not checking boxes on disclosure forms or, rather, one suspects, for hiring an accountant who did not do this. The employment relationship he failed to disclose is widely known and there is apparently no penalty attached to not checking this box.

This is interesting and worth of attention in the LA Times because .... ?

It gets better though. We also learn, from the (one assumes) Common Cause press release repeated in the LA Times, that Thomas once attended a meeting with conservatives who donate to election campaigns. Imagine! And because of that, Thomas should recuse himself from cases involving campaign finance. Let's see, last I knew, all nine justices were appointed by presidents and confirmed by senators, all of whom receive evil campaign finance donations. Perhaps they should all recuse themselves?

Oh, and the shock quotes in this sentence:
... an organization she founded to restore the "founding principles" of limited government and individual liberty.
add a nice touch of politicized historical ignorance to the entire affair.

Is this really the best Common Cause can do with its donors money?

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