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Justice Clarence Thomas's wife continued to lobby against health care In 2011, per new financial forms

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You all remember Virginia Thomas, right? She’s the founder of a tea party group-turned-lobbyist who bragged about all the influence she had (who also left a rather strange voice mail for Anita Hill, or as I like to call it, drunk dialing).

Awhile back it was Anthony Weiner who said it best:

The appearance of a conflict of interest merits recusal under federal law. From what we have already seen, the line between your impartiality and you and your wife’s financial stake in the overturn of healthcare reform is blurred. Your spouse is advertising herself as a lobbyist who has “experience and connections” and appeals to clients who want a particular decision – they want to overturn health care reform. Moreover, your failure to disclose Ginny Thomas’s receipt of $686,589 from the Heritage Foundation, a prominent opponent of healthcare reform, between 2003 and 2007 has raised great concern. [My post about that here]

You know the old saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same"? Here we go again. Via U.S. News:

Now, just days after healthcare law was upheld (with Clarence Thomas dissenting), new financial forms show that Thomas's wife, Ginni, continued to rake in a profit from opposing healthcare reforms in 2011—even after she previously came under fire for doing so.

According to Thomas's 2011 financial disclosure report form, filed on May 15 and obtained Friday by Whispers, Ginni Thomas made up to $15,000 working for political lobbying firm Liberty Consulting. The firm lobbied actively against the healthcare law, according to liberal news magazine Mother Jones.

Why is it again that Justice Kagan had to recuse herself from the challenge to Arizona's immigration law, and very loud, very public demands were made for her to recuse herself again, but Thomas gets a pass?

There is a clear conflict of interest with the Thomases whose ethics are beyond questionable at this point. But you know the other old saying, "It's OK If You're A Republican."

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"I've got news for [Chief Justice] Roberts: The United States is a democracy, not a monarchy."

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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, Part 2 of 3, because our voices matter:

Thomas doubter

Re "The recusal question," Editorial, Jan. 3

In discussing rules on recusal, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said that his fellow Supreme Court justices are "jurists of exceptional integrity and experience.... I know that they each give careful consideration to any recusal questions that arise in the course of their judicial duties."

Justice Clarence Thomas neglected to disclose the hundreds of thousands of dollars his wife was paid by a far-right organization.

Roberts doesn't think Congress should dictate ethics rules for the Supreme Court. I've got news for Roberts: The United States is a democracy, not a monarchy.

Steven Asimow
Glendale

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Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife interviews Herman Cain

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First we hear all kinds of references to "high tech lynching" from the righties, and now the wife of the phrase-maker himself is getting into the act.

You all remember Virginia Thomas, right? She's the founder of a tea party group-turned-lobbyist who bragged about all that influence she had, who also left a voice mail for Anita Hill, or as I like to call it, drunk dialing. That's right, she demanded an apology from Hill for accusing Judge Clarence of sexual harassment back in the ’90s.

Hmm, the '90s. Why does that decade ring a bell? Oo! Oo! I know! That's when Hermie Cain allegedly harassed all those women we've been hearing so much about.

So now Cain, who "Excuse me, excuse me'd" reporters the other day chose to be interviewed by Mrs. Justice Clarence instead.

Via The Hill:

Virginia Thomas asked Cain if reporters were “setting you up to be guilty until proven innocent” and if campaigning in Washington was “a disorienting experience.” 

Wow, what a hard ball!

His answer? “That is the D.C. culture... Guilty until proven innocent.” Then he instantly became part of that culture by stating flat out that Attorney General Eric Holder was guilty. Of course, he didn't want to pile one, but...

Cain said that while he doesn’t want to “pile on,” he believes the 30-plus Congress members who have called for Holder to step aside “can’t be wrong.” [...]

Cain also said that he “misspoke” during an interview Monday with PBS, when he said China was trying to develop nuclear weapons, despite having first obtained that capability in the 1960s.

He confirmed his place in that same "D.C. culture" when he accused Perry of being guilty of planting the harassment story. So much for consistency.

By the way, he misspeaks a LOT.

Cain’s decision to interview with Virginia Thomas carries clear calculations on how the candidate is hoping to reposition himself as the recipient of unfair attacks by political opponents.

Poor Hermie. Always the victim.

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Clarence Thomas’ wife joins The Daily Caller as a... journalist

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If you need a refresher course, Ginni Thomas, wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, has been a lobbyist who, before that, founded a tea party group, Liberty Central (which isn’t too fond of what Ginni calls the leftist “tyranny” of the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats). She also recently left a voice mail for Anita Hill demanding an apology from her for accusing Judge Clarence of sexual harassment back in the '90s.

And you thought she didn't have a sense of humor.

Apparently, this drunk dialing, tea partying lobbyist was just too irresistible for The Daily Caller (Tucker Carlson's baby) to pass up when they saw Ginni's stellar resume and thought to themselves, "Now there's someone who's nearly overqualified to write for our rag site! We must hire her now!"

As The Daily Caller’s special correspondent, Thomas will interview key political and community leaders -- from high-profile politicians to grassroots activists -- with a focus on listening to those outside the Beltway.

They were proud as punch to have her aboard, and she wasn't too punch drunk with her new found journalistic power to pass up taking a shot at those old fart media types, because she's so, you know, fresh and youthfully cutting-edgy:

“It is a privilege to join such a fast-growing platform with a capable, fun-loving team who are filling a niche that the dinosaur media has underserved.”

And by fun-loving, she meant incompetent.

H/t: Wonkette

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74 House Democrats say Justice Thomas should recuse himself in health care case

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If you recall, Ginni Thomas, wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, is now a lobbyist, and as Lawrence O’Donnell said a few days ago on The Last Word, “...she brags about her influence.”

As luck would have it, Ginni now lobbies for repeal of the health care law, or as she likely calls it, “Obamacare”, a law which will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court. And of course, her hubby is 1/9 of that court.

Gee, what could possibly go wrong?

A few Congress members have a thing or two to say about that:

Seventy-four House Democrats have signed a letter to Clarence Thomas asking the Supreme Court justice to recuse himself from any deliberations on the constitutionality of the national health care overhaul, arguing that his wife's work as a lobbyist creates "the appearance of a conflict of interest."

The move is the latest indication that the court battle over the health-care law's constitutionality -- which is expected to be ultimately decided by the Supreme Court -- has already become a political tit-for-tat.

Orrin Hatch had a request of his own. He thinks it's Judge Elena Kagan who has a problem because of her work as Solicitor General during the endless health care reform debate-slash-town hall mob scenes:

"I think that Kagan, who was the solicitor general at the time this was all done, probably should recuse herself, which means it might not be resolved by the Supreme Court," Hatch told Fox News last week. "That means the lower court decision will be the acting law."

How adorable. Dueling recusal requests.

Well, Anthony Weiner has a zinger or three of his own:

The appearance of a conflict of interest merits recusal under federal law. From what we have already seen, the line between your impartiality and you and your wife's financial stake in the overturn of healthcare reform is blurred. Your spouse is advertising herself as a lobbyist who has "experience and connections" and appeals to clients who want a particular decision - they want to overturn health care reform. Moreover, your failure to disclose Ginny Thomas's receipt of $686,589 from the Heritage Foundation, a prominent opponent of healthcare reform, between 2003 and 2007 has raised great concern. [My post about that here]

And then he goes on to mention Common Cause's efforts to investigate the visits by Supreme Court Justices to "closed-door political gatherings sponsored by two top Republican donors and industrialists", as in the Koch brothers, for instance.

You can read the entire letter from the House Dems here.

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Justice Thomas's wife is now a--wait for it-- a lobbyist

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Anita Hill-drunk dialer Ginni Thomas, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's wife, is now a lobbyist. Before that, she founded a tea party group, Liberty Central (which isn’t too fond of what Ginni calls the leftist “tyranny” of the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats).

On The Last Word just now, Lawrence O'Donnell just mentioned this very story, adding, "And then she brags about her influence." (slightly paraphrased) Gee whiz, who might she want to influence? Anyone? Hands?

The plot thickens. Ginni now lobbies for repealing the health care law, which I'm pretty darn sure she calls "Obamacare", a law which will ultimately be decided by, yep, the Supreme Court. And Lobbyist Ginni is doing everything she can to get it there.

Activist wife, activist judge (who has his own problems)... Aren't they the cutest couple ever?

Via Politico:

She started as a congressional aide in the 1980s, became a midlevel Republican operative, then briefly left politics, reemerging in 2009 as founder of a tea party group before stepping down amid continued questions about whether her actions were appropriate for the spouse of a Supreme Court justice.

Now, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, has recast herself yet again, this time as the head of a firm, Liberty Consulting, which boasts on its website using her “experience and connections” to help clients “with “governmental affairs efforts” and political donation strategies.

Thomas already has met with nearly half of the 99 GOP freshmen in the House and Senate, according to an e-mail she sent last week to congressional chiefs of staff, in which she branded herself “a self-appointed, ambassador to the freshmen class and an ambassador to the tea party movement.”

Dave Weigel said Congress members are not working with her. Oops. They either just heard about this today, or haven't responded to her, Weigel said.  So, it's "not clear what her utility is as a consultant.... She may be trying to gain influence with people who are uncomfortable working with her... It's more embarrassing than anyone expected. She's not a registered lobbyist, she just wants to stay in the fray."

O'Donnell: "I've never seen anything like it on the Court."

Word.

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Doonesbury: Mrs. Clarence Thomas wants another apology

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I love starting the day with Garry Trudeau:

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