On one hand we have the very conservative member of the Supreme court, Mr. Clarence Thomas. He sits with the biggest hitters in the American justice system, and hands down the rule of the land. He is sworn to uphold the countries most sacrosanct legal core in the most impartial, nonpolitical, unbiased manner possible. He interprets the law, and is sworn to ignore the politics surrounding it.
On the other hand, we have his wife. She has made herself into a closet Sarah Palin, going on Foxy news, spreading hate speech about Obama (down with the tyrant sort of stuff), and begun an intensely political organization that receives half-million dollar anonymous donations and whose function is to actively advocate conservative politics.
Is there a conflict of interest? Some are saying no, that there’s nothing truly fishy going on here. Others are a bit skeptical of the open advocacy of extremely overt politics on one side of a spousal relationship that of which the other side is supposed to remain politically neutral.
If nothing else, I suppose this situation helps shatter the neutrality myth, as if anyone were ever really neutral or politically blind. But the fact that his wife is opening spewing this Obama tyrant stuff suggest, through the obvious metonymy, the idea of Justice Clarence Thomas himself pontificating such unacceptable (for a Supreme Court Justice) things as: Obama the tyrant.
For three decades, Mrs. Thomas has been a familiar figure among conservative activists in Washington — since before she met her husband of 23 years, Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court. But this year she has emerged in her most politically prominent role yet: Mrs. Thomas is the founder and head of a new nonprofit group, Liberty Central, dedicated to opposing what she characterizes as the leftist “tyranny” of President Obama and Democrats in Congress and to “protecting the core founding principles” of the nation.
It is the most partisan role ever for a spouse of a justice on the nation’s highest court, and Mrs. Thomas is just getting started. “Liberty Central will be bigger than the Tea Party movement,” she told Fox News in April, at a Tea Party rally in Atlanta.
Sweet Virginia: The wife of Justice Clarence Thomas is a Tea Party activist. Together, they’re the right’s new power couple.
Justice Clarence Thomas probably had a ho-hum day on June 7, 2010. …Virginia Lamp Thomas, known to all as Ginni, appeared that morning on Sean Hannity’s Fox show. Wearing a TV-red jacket, Thomas bantered with Hannity about the “tyranny” President Barack Obama and his party are inflicting on the country. Then Thomas, who had recently launched a nonprofit called Liberty Central, sounded a dire warning. “We are in a fight for our country’s life,” she said. “We’ve all got to do whatever we can.” Channeling Tea Party rhetoric, she called on conservative voters to give money, sign petitions, and, in November, overthrow those who are turning “citizens” into “subjects.”