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

(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."

This still image from video provided by WCVB-TV in Boston shows Brandeis University professor Anita Hill.
This still image from video provided by WCVB-TV in Boston shows Brandeis University professor Anita Hill.   (AP Photo/WCVB-TV)
A 2007 file photo of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife, Virginia.
A 2007 file photo of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife, Virginia.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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