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."