15 March 2010

Sleeping With The 'Baggery

The latest person to open a tent in the Teabagger sideshow?  Ginni Thomas, "an ordinary citizen from Omaha, Neb."...who just happens to be the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.  So sayeth Mrs. Coke Can:
"I adore all the new citizen patriots who are rising up across this country. I have felt called to the front lines with you, with my fellow citizens, to preserve what made America great."
Interesting timing to feel so "called," don't you think? 
I'm sure it's just an amazing coincidence that Bagger-ella, here, hitched up her coach-and-four to come rushing to the ball(s) just as soon as her husband made it possible for such outfits to raise--not to mention cover "operating expenses" with--unlimited amounts of unattributed corporate cash for promoting or attacking candidates for office.
Now, Mrs. Thomas clearly doesn't decide cases.  But the appearance of possible conflicts is certainly there.  While this is a rather unique situation, surely there are standards and practices in place to ensure the integrity of the judicial process...
Law professor Gillers said that Justice Thomas, too, should be on alert for possible conflicts, particularly those involving donors to his wife's nonprofit.

"There is opportunity for mischief  (
Ya think? -- Ed.) if a company with a case before the court, or which it wants the court to accept, makes a substantial contribution to Liberty Central in the interim," he said.

Justice Thomas would be required to be aware of such contributions, Gillers said, adding that he believes Thomas should then disclose those facts and allow parties in the case to argue for recusal.

But it would be up to Justice Thomas to decide whether to recuse himself. He could not be reached for comment.

As a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, Liberty Central can raise unlimited amounts of corporate money and largely avoid disclosing its donors.

Well, I certainly feel better, don't you?
Anyway, we can rest assured that Thomas' Liberty Central, Inc., is a non-partisan group.  How non-partisan you ask?
Although Liberty Central is a nonpartisan group, its website shows an affinity for conservative principles. Her biography notes that Thomas is a fan of Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, author of "Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America."

"She is intrigued by Glenn Beck and listening carefully," the bio says.
Nothing to see, here, move along.... 

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