“I am an ordinary citizen from Omaha, Neb., who just may have the chance to preserve liberty along with you and other people like you,” she said at a recent panel discussion with tea party leaders in Washington.
Who said this? Not just anyone “ordinary citizen” but the wife of a Supreme Court justice ~ specifically Virginia Thomas, wife of Clarence Thomas, who went on to say that she was energized by President Obama’s “hard-left agenda.”
“I adore all the new citizen patriots who are rising up across this country,” Thomas, who goes by Ginni, said on the panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “I have felt called to the front lines with you, with my fellow citizens, to preserve what made America great.”
She has created Liberty Central Inc. which bills itself as
a non-profit, non-tax deductible organization which will have a user-friendly, entertaining, and educational website designed to provide an online community for visitors to preserve freedom and reaffirm the core founding principles.
I particularly love this from Ginni’s bio section.
With 30 years of experience within the Washington beltway working alongside esteemed politicians like Dick Armey and for institutions like Hillsdale College, the Heritage Foundation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Ginni is committed to serving as a clearinghouse for new and more effective online activism. Ginni, the ‘proud’ Nebraskan, is a fan of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham and other talk radio hosts. She is intrigued by Glenn Beck and listening carefully. She also enjoys motor homing and watching “24”.
One of the things Liberty Central is going to do is
issue score cards for Congress members and be involved in the November election, although Thomas would not specify how. She said it would accept donations from various sources — including corporations — as allowed under campaign finance rules recently loosened by the Supreme Court.
Really? How does this work? The wife of a Supreme Court Justice directly benefits from a recent ruling. But, according to the article this is not the first time Mrs. Thomas has pushed the envelope. In 2000, she was recruiting staff for the future President Bush while her husband was hearing Gore v Bush. According to Mrs. Thomas she and her husband did not talk about the case. Yeah, right.
Apparently, this is something new; generally spouses of Justices have maintained an appearance of impartiality but Mrs. Thomas has decided to see how far she can go. I have real problems with this, particularly given how involved she and her organization will be involved in upcoming elections. I realize that Justice Thomas’s political bent is well-known but having a close family member work on behalf of a political party just seems wrong to me.