Given that the Supreme Court has become an embarrassment to the country it is probably time to consider some ways to improve it. Herewith some totally original ideas. Including doing away with Thomas and neutering Roberts.
Clarence Thomas is such a glaring example of misconduct and judicial conflict of interest that it raises the question of Obama's passivity (or preternatural calm -- take your pick). A president with an instinct for the jugular (which he reportedly has on the basketball court) would have gone for Thomas' balls on the Obamacare case, insisting on recusal. As if there weren't enough other items on Thomas' blacklist.
Quoting from bilerico.com:
He is a disgrace to the federal judiciary and has engaged in conduct that would force other justices from the bench plain and simple. Think Progress has a piece that documents why Thomas needs to go from the Court as have other justices that have engaged in similar unethical behavior. First, these highlights from the Times story:
Mr. Crow stepped in to finance the multimillion-dollar purchase and restoration of the cannery, featuring a museum about the culture and history of Pin Point that has become a pet project of Justice Thomas's.
The project throws a spotlight on an unusual, and ethically sensitive, friendship that appears to be markedly different from those of other justices on the nation's highest court. Mr. Crow has done many favors for the justice and his wife, Virginia, helping finance a Savannah library project dedicated to Justice Thomas, presenting him with a Bible that belonged to Frederick Douglass and reportedly providing $500,000 for Ms. Thomas to start a Tea Party-related group. They have also spent time together at gatherings of prominent Republicans and businesspeople at Mr. Crow's Adirondacks estate and his camp in East Texas.
Supreme Court ethics have been under increasing scrutiny, largely because of the activities of Justice Thomas and Ms. Thomas, whose group, Liberty Central, opposed President Obama's health care overhaul -- an issue likely to wind up before the court. Mr. Crow's donation to Liberty Central was reported by Politico.
These stories may be further researched at the NY Times, which ran front page articles on the scandals of Thomas -- which disappeared like sugar cubes in the ocean.
I created a petition to impeach Thomas. It disappeared like a sugar cube in the ocean. Maybe if Kos got behind it some momentum would be created. I'll include a poll to see how much outrage there is.
Doing away with Thomas is a brilliant idea but not as brilliant as what follows:
Roberts sneaked through the confirmation process by masquerading as "the umpire" -- not making laws, but interpreting them. Nice work slimeball. His main agenda seems to be overturning precedent.
Here's a way to neuter him:
There will for sure be a court vacancy in the next year or so. Unfortunately it will probably be on the liberal side. Only the death grip that the aged have (and especially judges) on power keeps the aging justices alive. Justice Ginsburg (kudos to her -- a valuable jurist) can't last much longer (cancer in addition to age). Well here's a knuckle ball for Roberts. Obama should appoint Roberts to the empty seat and appoint a new Chief Justice. Wouldn't that be delicious? Wouldn't that throw the Repubtilians into a frenzy?