Clarence Thomas votes “Present”
When Thurgood Marshall retired from the Supreme Court in 1991, President George H.W. Bush was intimidated into nominating Clarence Thomas, fearful of the political firestorm if he didn’t nominate a black to the “Black Seat” on the US Supreme Court.
So President Bush nominated his affirmative action candidate, whose main qualification was he had led the EEOC for a while. His tenure as a Federal judge was brief and unremarkable.
If you heard reports during the week about the oral arguments on the Constitutionality of Obamacare, you may have noticed the lack of the voice of Clarence Thomas on the audio. The reason is he asked no questions and said nothing during the entire 3 day hearing.
According to the ABC News story above, Clarence Thomas has not asked a question during oral arguments in the last 6 years. The reason?
“I refuse to participate. I don’t like it, so I don’t do it”
Thank you George H.W. Bush.