This week's edition goes a little bit beyond crazy and into stratospheric levels of looney-land. Extra crazy points for dredging up aftereffects of a 20 year old controversy.
You may remember Anita Hill from the legendary Clarence Thomas supreme court confirmation hearings. Hill had worked for Thomas for ten years prior to his nomination, and testified during the hearings that he had sexually harassed her on a number of occasions.
As the allegations could not be proved conclusively, Thomas was ultimately confirmed by the narrowest of majorities, and the case became a bulwark in new sexual harassment rules and legislation throughout the country. However, conservative hitman David Brock has since admitted that he used questionable methods to silence another witness, Kaye Savage, who would have corroborated Hill's testimony (his article is not online, but is in the June 1997 issue of Esquire magazine).
All in all, it was not one of the finest moments in American politics.
Anita Hill walked into her Brandeis University office this morning to a lovely message:
“Good morning, Anita Hill, it’s Ginny Thomas,” she said, according to ABC News. “I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to understand why you did what you did. Okay have a good day.”
Hill assumed that this was a dirty prank call, and called the cops. The story gained more and more traction until Ginny Thomas finally admitted that she did in fact make the call.
Ginny Thomas is already a considerable source of horror, as a leading conservative fundraiser who is active while married to a sitting judge on the Supreme Court. Conflict, anyone? But the real question here, is, why would she do this, and why now? The public record shows that Thomas believed that Hill did what she did because she was in love with dear Clarence (Ginny told this to any press that would interview her). The fact that she's nursed this belief for 18 years, after Hill pretty much had her career destroyed after having her character assassinated from multiple angles, is a sign of delusion at best.
Naturally, Hill is standing by her original statement. Clarence Thomas is still a douchebag (his Supreme Court record is a matter for another post entirely). The end.