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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A demand for an apology is not "reaching out"
Posted by Jill | 7:29 PM
It's hardly surprising that Ginny Thomas would pull something fucked up like this; after all, what would you expect from someone who would marry Clarence Thomas?
Virginia Thomas, the wife of Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court, left a message last weekend on the voice mail of Anita Hill, who accused her husband of sexual harassment during his confirmation hearings, a spokeswoman for Ms. Thomas confirmed on Tuesday.


“I did place a call to Ms. Hill at her office extending an olive branch to her after all these years, in hopes that we could ultimately get past what happened so long ago,” Ms. Thomas said in a statement provided to The New York Times.

“That offer still stands,” her statement went on. “I would be very happy to meet and talk with her if she would be willing to do the same. Certainly no offense was ever intended.”

Ms. Thomas did not explain why she had reached out to Ms. Hill at this time. Ms. Hill did not respond to calls to her office at Brandeis.

While Ms. Thomas described the call as an attempt to reach out, the university appeared to be taking the matter more seriously.

Andrew Gully, senior vice president of the Brandeis University communications office, confirmed that Ms. Hill had received the message and that she had turned it over to the campus department of public safety. That office, in turn, passed it on to the F.B.I.

ABC News quoted from the voicemail:

“Good morning, Anita Hill, it's Ginny Thomas,” it quoted from the voicemail. “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 come to understand why you did what you did. Okay have a good day.”

Ms. Thomas has long been active in conservative circles in Washington, and in the past year has rose to greater prominence as the founder of a new nonprofit activist group, Liberty Central, which opposes what she characterizes as the leftist “tyranny” of the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats.

Her activities with the group have raised questions of judicial ethics because the group, which pays her, has accepted large contributions from unidentified donors. She began the group with two gifts of $500,000 and $50,000 from undisclosed contributors, tax forms show.

I'm sorry, but demanding an apology is not "extending an olive branch." Ginny Thomas is just another teabagger throwing her weight around. I would regard it as a threat too if I were Anita Hill.

UPDATE: I'm not the only one who pointed out the absurdity of the notion that this was "reaching out." Google News still shows references to the Times' original headline:

...but now, the headline accurately reflects Mrs. Thomas' phone call:

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Anonymous mandt said...
Sounds like Ginny is in touch with her 'inner' Martha Mitchell and well, drinking the Gin'y.

Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...
But she is black. How could she be a "teabagger?" I thought all those folk were racists.

Blogger Jill said...
Ginny Thomas is not black, she is white. Take a look at the photo I just posted. Anita Hill is on the right. Ginny Thomas is in the middle. Funny, too, how the Times changed its headline.

Blogger Bartender Cabbie said...
ok. I just assumed lol. You know what they say bout that.

Anonymous tata said...
Ms. Thomas has long been active in conservative circles in Washington, and in the past year has rose to greater prominence...

"Has rose"? Who wrote that shite?

Blogger The Precious said...
Who edited it?

Also, that business about "get past what happened so long ago" makes no sense. Why would she assume that Anita Hill isn't "past" it? I would assume that Anita Hill doesn't spend much time on it at all, so it looks like Ginny can't "get past what happened" without someone else apologizing to her for what her husband did.

I go with the "hitting the bottle a little heavy" explanation.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
You have to "extend" the olive branch before thrashing someone with it !

Anonymous Anonymous said...
To be fair to Ms. Thomas, her asking Ms. Hill to consider an apology is hardly a "demand," either. The request itself is plenty odious, without sensationalizing it.

Anonymous savannah43 said...
Drunk dialing gets you every time.

Anonymous Repubanon said...
Typical Republican tactic: the "demand an apology" ploy. If the Democrat is dumb enough to issue some "I'm sorry you took it badly" apology, Republicans claim it "validates" the Republican position and shows the Democrats as "weak."

If the victim refuses to apologize, Republicans claim that it shows dificult their opponents are to work with.

Ever notice how Republicans refuse to apologize for their transgressions, no matter how vile?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
She should be a good conservative wife, go back to sucking her husbands dick and move on.

Anonymous Shade Tail said...
["...but now, the headline accurately reflects Mrs. Thomas' phone call"]

Well, no it doesn't. Ginny Thomas didn't "ask" for an apology, she *demanded* one.

Anonymous Shade Tail said...
["...but now, the headline accurately reflects Mrs. Thomas' phone call"]

Well, no it doesn't. Ginny Thomas didn't "ask" for an apology, she *demanded* one.