Thursday, June 18, 2009

Anita Hill on the New Supreme Court Nominee

Anita Hill will be forever linked to the Supreme Court because of her courageous truth-telling 17 years ago during the three-ring circus that was the Clarence Thomas Senate confirmation hearings. The Senate, to its lasting shame, confirmed him anyway, and the country has been paying for it ever since. Now, Hill tells Essence Magazine that Sonia Sotomayor, who was a year ahead of her at Yale Law School, is a good choice for the court. About her own unique place in history, she had this to say: "People ask, 'Does it bother you that your name will always be associated with sexual harassment?' It will only bother me if my name isn't associated with bringing it to an end, or moving the end forward."


At 3:24 PM, Anonymous Jim Kenny said...

Just think how interesting D.C. would be if Anita Hill was ever nominated to serve on the same court as Clarence Thomas.

At 3:28 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Now that would stir up some serious interest in the court. It would instantly be the #1 running story in People Magazine. Awfully nice to see your name back here in the comments after a long drought, Jim. Hope you're enjoying the job and your boys.

It's also interesting in light of something the former justice Sandra Day O'Connor said last night in her appearance on Letterman. Before every oral argument, just after all the justices don their robes, it's the court's custom for every justice to shake every other justice's hands. She noted that it's awfully hard to do that and then to be uncivil moments later.


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