The World According to Keitho

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Chutzpah’s finest hour

Posted by keithosaunders on October 20, 2010

Some things you just can’t make up.  Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, left a voice mail on Anita Hill’s answering machine asking her to apologize for making allegations of sexual misconduct against her husband in 1991.  At that time Hill was an attorney who worked for Thomas, who was at the Department of Education.  She testified at Thomas’s confirmation hearings that he had subjected her to comments of a sexual nature, which whether they were  illegal or not, were (in her view) inappropriate. 

The temerity of Ginni Thomas is astounding, to say the least, but what do you suppose possessed her to leave a voice mail?  She must have realized that it would be recorded and scrutinized.  What kind of bubble does she live in?  

Here is the transcript:

“Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas.  I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband.  So give it some thought.  And certainly pray about this and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. O.K., have a good day.”

First of all, is there one wealthy, religious Republican who can speak in complete sentences?  This reads like a bad Sarah Palin impression.  I’m wondering if the Baricuda herself might not have impersonated Ginni just for shits and giggles.  I love the way Ginni used prayer as an olive branch in which to temper the anger Hill might be feeling at the unmitigated gall.

It makes no sense.  Can you imagine Mrs Clemens asking Mike Piazza to apologize to Roidger for the dirty look he gave him after bat-throwing incident?  “Just go ahead and pray on it and I’m sure you’ll sympathize with the undo stress you caused my hubby.”  

It must be great to be wealthy, religious, and Republican.  You can literally get away with saying anything as long as you couch it in the lord.  Sprinkle in a few “I’ll pray for yous,” and “God bless yous,” and you have carte blanche to ask for undeserved apologies in childish syntax.  This strata of people feels that the world owes them something and is not shy about asking for it. 

Ginni, this is Keitho talking to you.  You’ve had a great life.  You’re wealthy beyond your wildest dreams, and your husband, though he does not deserve it, is one of the most influential men in America.  Why don’t you relax, take a nice vacation to Hawaii, and enjoy life.  If you’re really feeling bad about what happened 20 years ago (even though it did work out quite nicely in the end) why not go to Church and do some praying of your own.  But whatever you do, just shut up.  SHUT UP!    


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