Thomas Is Guilty; Anita Hill Is Owed an Apology
Kornacki: If he's still playing the victim, the case is still relevant
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2010 12:54 PM CDT
This still image from video provided by WCVB-TV in Boston shows Brandeis University professor Anita Hill.   (AP Photo/WCVB-TV)

(Newser) – If you're tired of reliving the Clarence Thomas saga in the wake of his wife's request for an apology and his old girlfriend's support of Anita Hill, well tough. The case still matters, writes Steve Kornacki at Salon. He presents a thorough look at the evidence presented at the hearing and what we've learned since and says the conclusion about the sexual harassment claims is obvious: "He plainly did it and he plainly got away with it."

What's more, "the fact that he did is plainly relevant now, given that he, his wife and his political allies are still, all these years later, intent on behaving as if they've been victimized," writes Kornacki. He calls the media's lack of a serious followup "shameful," says Senate Democrats "dropped the ball" during the 1991 hearing, and notes that the nation's legal landscape would be different today without Thomas's fifth conservative vote all these years. It's Hill who deserves an apology, he says. "Actually, lots of apologies."

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Bear cawdy
Feb 15, 2014 2:55 PM CST
Of course he's guilty. Why would Anita put herself threw that humiliating trial if he wasn't. The good ol' boy network of senators on the panel would never convict him in a million years. He deserves to be in jail or at least removed from the Supreme Court. Pres. Bush senior should be ashamed of himself for nominating him to the SC. I have no respect for either of them.
webgrunt
Oct 27, 2010 5:56 PM CDT
Person A accuses person B of committing a crime. Person B denies it. They're both offered polygraphs. Person A eagerly accepts, and passes the polygraph. Person B refuses to even take it. Who do you believe?
fractal
Oct 27, 2010 2:13 PM CDT
If Mr. Thomas would just take the polygraph, already, we would know. But he won't. And you do not want him to. Because secretly you think that what he did to Anita is just another day at the office.