The Airing of Grievances
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Harry Reid on Clarence Thomas
For those that don't know, Harry Reid of Nevada is the incoming Senate Minority Leader. I honestly don't know much of the man or his record, but if his recent words on Clarence Thomas are any indication of how he intends to conduct business, well, let's just say I'm a big supporter. From cnn.com:
When asked to comment on Thomas as a possible replacement for Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Reid told NBC's "Meet the Press": "I think that he has been an embarrassment to the Supreme Court.From where I sit, Reid highlights the number one problem with Thomas (one that is often obfuscated by the heat he takes for his role as a token, appointed in large part to lend "credibility" to the borderline positions of the far right). The problem being that Thomas offers little, if anything, to logically support his "conclusions" -- in fact, his reasoning is typically downright shoddy, and his opinions' intellectually dishonest. In addition, his well known near absolute silence during oral argument is nothing short of disgraceful. As Reid said, an embarrassment.
"I think that his opinions are poorly written. I just don't think that he's done a good job as a Supreme Court justice."