I know that Barack Obama once said he would not have named Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. I also know that Clarence Thomas is a mean, bitter, man with a Great Book of Old Grudges so heavy he has to rely on elephants to carry it around for him (and he has to have it with him at all times).
But would he go so far as to allow a hearing on a clearly nutball case in an effort to overturn the will of the people last month?
Quite possibly, as Afro.com reports
U.S. Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has asked his colleagues on the court to consider the request of an East Brunswick, N.J. attorney, who has filed a lawsuit challenging President-elect Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president.
Thomas’s action took place after Justice David Souter had already rejected a petition for the stay of a writ of certiorari that asked the court to prevent the meeting of the Electoral College on Dec. 15, which will certify Obama as the 44th president of the United States and its first African-American president.
The court has scheduled a Dec. 5 conference on the writ—just 10 days before the Electoral College meets.
The high court’s only African American is bringing the matter to his colleagues as a result of an emergency stay request filed by attorney Leo Donofrio. Donofrio sued the New Jersey Secretary of State Nina Wells, contending that Obama was not qualified to be on the state’s presidential ballot because of Donofrio’s own questions about Obama’s status as a natural born U.S. citizen.
Donofrio isn't Philip Berg, the OTHER nutball claiming that Obama isn't a citizen. Donofrio's argument is that Obama's Kenyan father gives him dual citizenship, creating a false notion that exists nowhere in the Constitution that the children of immigrant parents aren't citizens. I know that there's a move afoot these days to try to declare the children of illegal immigrants as noncitizens, but Barack Obama's father was here legally, so even if such a law were made retroactive, it STILL wouldn't apply to Barack Obama.
Berg's case is clearly in wingnut tinfoil category, and no one should give him a microphone anymore, after the state of Hawaii verified the birth certificate
the Obama campaign released during the presidential race. But of course nothing other than declaring the election null and void will satisfy these people, because at its core, these cases are not about Obama's citizenship, they are about "Can't you see that man is a ni-----?"
But that Donofrio's case has gone this far, and that Thomas is determined to bring it, despite Justice David Souter already rejecting a petition to postpone the meeting of the Electoral College on the 15th, is an ominous sign that whether he can get back at Barack Obama for dissing him, he's sure as hell going to try.
Labels: Clarence Thomas, insanity, right-wing hatemongers