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  •  Maybe (21+ / 0-)

    but.... he never speaks. He's mostly just sitting there, staring off into space, looking bored or annoyed. I've known my share of dunces and dunderheads in my life... they are often the loudest voices in the room. If anything, you can't shut them up.

    Scalia, for example, is like a man who falls in love each and every time he hears his own voice. His like-minded peers can't shut up, but he's like a supremely powerful mime.

    And this is something that he has done for years, to the point where he is famous for it. His apathy is legendary.  

    It's actually hard to go as long as he has without actually actively participating in the Q and A of a major legal proceeding as a Supreme Court Justice.

    There are only nine of you, and all eyes are on you and your fellow nine when you are working 'making history' and all that noise.

    It's like he doesn't have the capacity to be embarrassed.

    But it's mind-boggling when you go about considering what his job is and the incredible amount of hard work it took to get there. Literally, this is the type of job that, even if you commit yourself mind, body, and soul to the law, the fewest of the few ever achieve.

    And Clarence Thomas is legendary for being a bump on a bench looking slightly bored and perhaps a little annoyed.

    As a judge, you get what can only be described as a stunningly spectacular pension and retirement arrangement.

    He's been on the job long enough to have reached the point of getting a max deal on his retirement during the W years.

    And he's just sitting there, voting crazy yes, but largely just taking up space. Scalia, Alito, and Roberts consider themselves great legal minds. Scholars.

    I can't imagine they respect Clarence Thomas a bit.

    He's doing the wingnut equivalent of intellectually cock-blocking another blowhard Activist Conservative Judge. I'm actually surprised that he's not hated for it by other Movement Conservatives.

    •  In the interest of balance, (5+ / 0-)

      let me suggest that Thomas is an exemplar.  In his own person, he's demonstrating that the right to speak implies the right to remain silent.  And, as an object, he's demonstrating "benign neglect."  
      You see, if someone really cared about him and the quality of his "service," he would have been called on the carpet and read the riot act.  That nobody's bothering is evidence that he's the "invisible man."

      It probably doesn't occur to him that many people, recognizing they've made a mistake, double down rather than admit the mistake.  From Thomas' perspective, the disregard with which his obnoxious behavior is met is testament to the racism he resents.  The fellow's got a huge chip on his shoulder and it's become his familiar.

      The conservative mind relies mainly on what is plain to see.

      by hannah on Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 04:15:45 AM PST

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    •  there are times when he seems to be asleep! (4+ / 0-)

      what a maroon.

      but I love this angle:  

      He's doing the wingnut equivalent of intellectually cock-blocking another blowhard Activist Conservative Judge. I'm actually surprised that he's not hated for it by other Movement Conservatives.

      "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."
      I support Bob Massie for U.S. Senate

      by TrueBlueMajority on Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 04:59:21 AM PST

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