Thursday, October 21, 2010


You can keep your Christine O'Donnell, your Sharon Angle. The biggest nutjob rigthwing woman is Victoria Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas:

In a voice mail message left at 7:31 a.m. on Oct. 9, a Saturday, Virginia Thomas asked her husband’s former aide-turned-adversary to make amends. Ms. Hill played the recording, from her voice mail at Brandeis University, for The New York Times.

“Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas,” it said. “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.”

Ms. Thomas went on: “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.”

In Jewish parlance, we call this chutzpah. If not meshugenah. Where does Virginia Thomas get the gall to dig up Professor Hill's office number and leave her such a disrespectful message at 7:30am?

For the record, Ms. Hill said she's stands by her Senate hearing testimony regarding Thomas' inappropriate sexual remarks and pornographic movie references when she worked for him.

Virginia Thomas is a classic contemporary wingnut looking for her share of publicity:

Mrs. Thomas is a founder of a new nonprofit group, Liberty Central, which opposes what she has characterized as the leftist "tyranny" of the Obama administration and congressional Democrats.

She was a keynote speaker earlier this month in Richmond, Va., at a state convention billed as the largest tea party event ever.

God help us. But if her intention was to get in the cable news discussion, it seems to have backfired:
Ginni Thomas canceled her appearance on NPR’s and WBUR’s On Point — scheduled a week in advance — at the last minute. The interview would have lasted 20 minutes and aired nationally. Thomas’ publicist said she had a “scheduling conflict.”

“I’m horribly, horribly sorry,” the publicist said in an e-mail.

The producers “worked tirelessly” to book Thomas for a conversation about her very public involvement in the Tea Party, said John Wihbey, a producer.

Leave it to Andy Borowitz to offer on The New Yorker site, "Three Things to Do When Clarence Thomas' Wife Calls You":
  1. Start apologizing the moment you hear her voice. Remember, like a bear at a campsite, Virginia Thomas does not want to eat you, she’s only after your food, and in this case, your apology is the only thing protecting you from Mrs. Thomas mauling you to death. If apologizing does not work, clap your hands loudly into the receiver in the hopes of scaring her away.

  2. When she says, “This is Virginia Thomas,” reply, “No, this is Virginia Thomas. Who’s calling? Wait a minute—is that you, Anita Hill?” When she denies being Anita Hill (and she will), say, “There you go again, with your infernal lies. This is like Clarence’s confirmation hearings all over again. You disgust me, Anita Hill.” With any luck, accusing her of being Anita Hill will disorient her long enough for you to summon help.

  3. Get in the habit of answering your phone, “Long Dong Silver residence."

And if you feel like I do, sign here for Clarence to apologize to Anita.

1 comment:

WWB said...

Don't think I can follow you on this one, sir. Mrs. Thomas' voicemail may have been unwise, but there is absolutely no way she is a bigger nutjob than Christine O'Donnell. Let's not lose perspective here.