Here's some great news: the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is entering the political fray and supporting the cause of Tea Party conservatives.
How do I know this?
Alan Colmes, well-known liberal talk-show host is indignantly decrying her right to free speech at his website, where I found this post.
***Note to Alan Colmes - Justice Clarence Thomas is entirely capable of making up his own mind without the influence of his wife. You demean both by suggesting otherwise. I have been trying for YEARS to inflluence my liberal husband - without any luck.
March 14, 2010, 11:59 AMET • 17 Comments »
“I am an ordinary citizen from Omaha, Neb., who just may have the chance to preserve liberty along with you and other people like you,” she said at a recent panel discussion with tea party leaders in Washington. Thomas went on to count herself among those energized into action by President Obama’s “hard-left agenda.”
An “ordinary citizen”, that is, whose husband just happens to be a justice of the United States Supreme Court. An “ordinary citizen” who is able raise big corporate cash for her new concern because of a recent Supreme Court decision, Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, where her husband voted in the majority. An “ordinary citizen” who has consulted the heavily-funded conservative Heritage Foundation.
In 2000, while at the Heritage Foundation, she was recruiting staff for a possible George W. Bush administration as her husband was hearing the case that would decide the election. When journalists reported her work, Thomas said she saw no conflict of interest and that she rarely discussed court matters with her husband.
Mrs. Thomas is quite fond of the tea partiers.
“I adore all the new citizen patriots who are rising up across this country,” Thomas, who goes by Ginni, said on the panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “I have felt called to the front lines with you, with my fellow citizens, to preserve what made America great.”
The move by Virginia Thomas, 52, into the front lines of politics stands in marked contrast to the rarefied culture of the nation’s highest court, which normally prizes the appearance of nonpartisanship and a distance from the fisticuffs of the politics of the day.
And the tea partier is quite fond of certain conservative bloviators.
Her biography notes that Thomas is a fan of Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, author of “Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America.”
“She is intrigued by Glenn Beck and listening carefully,” the bio says.