Sunday, March 14, 2010
Virginia (Ginni) Thomas (pictured), the spouse of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, says she is energized by Obama's "hard-left agenda" and has launched LibertyCentral to "serve the big tent of the conservative movement."
As the LATimes notes:
The move by Virginia Thomas, 52, into the front lines of politics stands in marked contrast to the rarefied culture of the nation's highest court, which normally prizes the appearance of nonpartisanship and a distance from the fisticuffs of the politics of the day.
Justice Thomas, 61, recently expressed sensitivity to such concerns, telling law students in Florida that he doesn't attend the State of the Union because it is "so partisan."
Although Virginia Thomas has long been associated with conservative causes, including working at the Heritage Foundation, this launch of "a tea-party-linked group" is one that "could test the traditional notions of political impartiality for the court."
It could also test our notions of what judicial spouses should - - - and shouldn't - - - be doing politically and professionally.