James Taranto, in his “Best of the Web Today” today, notes that the accusations of “anger” against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas seem to be unfounded. But building on that is the idea that, since the travesty that was his confirmation hearing didn’t manage to keep him off the bench, he shouldn’t be upset about those accusations. “Hey, you made the highest court in the land. So what about the politics of personal destruction?”

Taranto has a great rundown of all the shenanigans that took place back then, including the observation that

“…Thomas’s political foes managed to violate the integrity of the FBI, the Senate and the D.C. Circuit–that is, of all three branches of government. This behavior was unethical, unconscionable and possibly criminal, and no one has ever been held to account for it.”

Thomas was treated unfairly, as well as illegally, but that didn’t matter to the Democrats that opposed him.

Thomas’s opponents believed that the end justified the means, as a former foe tells the justice’s wife on page 232:

Years later a young woman who had worked for one of the many groups opposed to my nomination approached Virginia. “We didn’t think of your husband as human, and I’m sorry,” she said, tears streaming down her face. “We thought that anything was justified because our access to abortions and sex was at risk.” The woman went on to explain that she had subsequently had a religious conversion and now felt that it was her duty to apologize to us.

Now, those who remain unrepentant are reduced to arguing, pathetically, that Justice Thomas–and the rest of us–should countenance the means because they failed to realize the end.

Taranto’s analysis is why “BotWT” is a daily e-mail I never miss.

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