In his new autobiography, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas — who was under-qualified to serve on the Supreme Court when he was nominated by Pres. George Bush in 1991, and his performance in the interim has been lackluster, to put it politely — reveals himself as a shallow and vain man who is still nursing wounds over his contentious nomination hearings 16 long years ago.
But his comparison of his liberal critics to the Ku Klux Klan is over the top:
“I’d grown up fearing the lynch mobs of the Ku Klux Klan; as an adult, I was starting to wonder if I’d been afraid of the wrong white people all along. My worst fears had come to pass not in Georgia but in Washington, D.C., where I was being pursued not by bigots in white robes but by left-wing zealots draped in flowing sanctimony.”
Writing about Anita Hill, the woman who accused him during the hearings of making untoward remarks of a sexual nature, Thomas goes for petty:
In a somewhat pettier vein, he adds that she had “bad breath,” that the idea he might have wanted to date her was “laughable,” that nobody on his staff liked her and that “the first thing she did [when she went with Thomas to work at the EEOC] was claim the largest office in my suite.”