Clarence Thomas: Standing Ovation at Harvard
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#1 Feb 20, 2013
CLARENCE THOMAS GETS a standing ovation at Harvard. Video at the link.(Bumped).
#2 Feb 20, 2013
February 19, 2013
"I loved the D.C. Circuit... and I could've stayed there. But I think I got maneuvered into this job. And then I had a really bad interview."
Said Clarence Thomas in this wonderful hour-long conversation with Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow. The Harvard law students give him a standing ovation as he arrives in the room, and he jokes "I should quit while I'm ahead."
In fact, he goes on to be warm, interesting, deep, smart, and there's just way too much good stuff in here for me to quote everything that jumps out, because, really, everything jumps out. If you skip over the long introduction and get to the first question, he talks about growing up among illiterate but good and loving people and then discovering reading at a segregated library in Savannah. The librarians introduced him to Dr. Seuss.
Minow and Thomas talk about their mutual love for a book about introversion called "Quiet," and Thomas characterizes himself as very introverted. He talks about working in all 3 branches of government and greatly preferring the judiciary because in the EEOC and in the legislature, though he loved the people, it was too political. "I don't understand politics.... It made my head hurt.... It was like new math."
ADDED: He says Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan are delightful. When Kagan arrived, he said to her: "You know, it's going to be a joy disagreeing with you for years to come."
AND: At oral arguments, Justice Breyer doodles stick figures. The 2 of them sit together at oral argument and share jokes and laugh. "You know, he's very smart, but he's sort of a moving around smart," he says, making a gesture as if he were moving Breyer's little stick figures around. "And I tend to be someone, I lock into something, I want to think it through for a long time, and he likes to move around, and I sort of rein him in. Every so often, what I'll is I'll say,'What about this, Steve?' and he'll pop up and ask and a question." So that's how Clarence Thomas asks questions at oral argument. Thomas laughs because it's "just something I'm throwing out," and Breyer makes it into a question.
Posted by Ann Althouse at 9:39 AM
“animis opibusque parati”
Since: Oct 12
#3 Feb 20, 2013
Brilliant man who doesn't require accolades from anyone.
And "Quiet" is a very insightful read -- one of my favorites also.
#4 Feb 20, 2013
Clarence Thomas is a thorn in the side of the liberal race baiters side. Smart slef made and conservative. Unlike Powel who is just a subversive democrat.
#5 Feb 20, 2013
Perfect example of liberal racism on display. They threw every racial slur in the book at him (thank you, Howard Metzenbaum), lowering his status and qualifications in the eyes of many. That video, which most people will never see, should put those notions to rest.
On the other hand, we have an octoroon in office who doesn't like to work and never attained more than C's in school, but he's got the "correct" political views, so the libs make him out to be a "genius" and a "credit to his race" (or at least 1/8 of him is).
#6 Feb 20, 2013
^^^ I also wanted to add that for anybody watching that video, the benefits of Clarence Thomas' Catholic education should be obvious.
Politically, these are the kinds of people I like. They are humble people who come from humble origins. They've seen things from both sides of the fence. They believe in the helping hand, but they also know that nobody gives you anything so you have to work hard.
Clarence Thomas is a good man and a first rate justice. I forget what I was reading, but there is a certain area in Constitutional Law, where his thinking has actually broke new ground.
It's too bad that the liberal bigots had to slime him to the degree that people consider him second-rate. He is anything but second rate.
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