The most powerful Republican in the country wasn't on the debate stage last week...and he wasn't with Tucker, either. He sits on the Supreme Court, and his wife is named Ginni.
This Democracy Labs "Follow-The-Money" map makes it easier to trace the money/trips/favors flowing to Clarence Thomas and other Supreme Court Justices. This map updated Aug 10th is the third version as I keep updating as new scandals are revealed. It includes ten billionaires and dark money groups corrupting the Supreme Court.
You can click on any person for details on them. Click on the line connecting two people to understand the relationship between them. The level of corruption is REALLY bad... https://thedemlabs.org/2023/08/11/clarence-thomas-billionaires-koch-crow-sokol-huizenga-novelly-supreme-court-corruption-map/
Your point about the Thomas’s power and influence seems pretty on target, although there is a good argument to be made for the primacy of the cabal of billionaire Plutocrats who have together funded all of the right-wing authoritarian infrastructure and sedition.
You're right about " crazy" & the energy it foments out there. Between ginni ( the clarence whisperer) & Clarence Thomas, starring in his own theatre performance, as what appears to be a mediocre justice at best, unless someone in the Democrat wing of sanity, rides in, in their white hat & finds a legal means to address this couple's greed fueled compromises & illegal behavior; it appears we're stuck with these two. That is unless one or both of them chokes on a twinkie or too much champagne drank in service to themselves, goes down the wrong pipe.
( But in the one area Clarence excels at, it is in doing his wealthy master's bidding & accepting their " tribute;" whether in the form of cash, homes for family members, round the world, or in their own " back yard" vacations..)
While Ginni appears to have gotten off scot free from ANY involvement in January 6th, she continues to spin her yarns & spew conspiracy theories & alternate facts, like a giddy " bell of the ball" in D.C., at any republican soiree that will have her.
In republican world, crazy & mediocre wins the day. Look at their maga roster of ill educated, antisocial, self serving legislators sitting in Congress. Talk about a circus with monkeys starring in the big top. I am ashamed Americans voted them into an office & we actually pay them for their dis-service to our nation.
I hate what ifs...but. What if the Democrats win a majority in both Houses of Congress as well as the White House in 2024; would they have the moxie to impeach Thomas? Is that a viable option?
Thomas is an interesting guy - funny how a sense of personal outrage over not being recognized by the top law firms as the genius he is when he first got out of Yale can change a guy fellow undergraduates remember as "almost a Black Panther" in his politics to the guy who fits the description of the term the field slaves had for scum like him - two words, the first being "House..."
Back in the day, when I was working, my own personal saying was "you can't teach a person common sense." Then it morphed into something akin to "you can't argue with cray cray." But the wisest way to put it comes straight out of old Chinese wisdom, "One cannot reason with mad dogs."
The bigger they are, the harder they fall... (so they say)
I have been convinced over, at least, the past three years that Clarence was in his early 80s. Now, I don't know where that came from, since he's 75 and yes, younger than Trump, who is not only 77, but morbidly obese at "215" pounds.
The best/worst thing about all of this, ALL OF THIS, is that our only weapon against it is our vote. We can talk and write about it until cows come home and go out again in the morning, but unless we're willing to act out a novel I read once about the assassination of a Supreme Court justice (I don't even remember why it was done now), or some other David Baldacci/John Grisham/Margaret Truman thriller, we're stuck with just our vote.
It seems that no matter what, we automatically "go high," because it's the right thing to do in a democracy. Personally, I will bitch and moan online with people, but I will not get down in the mud and LIE to make a political point. They will, and do, multiple times a day. Our fellow Americans are now an enemy to democracy. What do you do with that? The only thing we can: vote. And vote for Democrats.
This will take a long time, and I probably won't be around when it finally happens, but we have to start turning the tide now so that the Clarence Thomases of the world don't continue to get their way. Is it racist on my part to ask why Clarence seems to want to throw this country back to the times when "his kind" did not have a seat at the table? Should I NOT assume that because he is Black that he would err on the side of caution with respect to issues that would hurt the Black community? I try to be colorblind, but when glaring examples of racism come to the fore, like Clarence and the extremely odious Candace Owens, I can't help but to ask. Black Lives Matter, of course, but Clarence and Candace will be among the first to tell you that ALL lives matter and miss the mission statement of the whole organization, like rednecks in pick-up trucks with giant Trump flags attached. HOW do they sleep at night?
Meh, I'm rambling on again. VOTE! FOR! DEMOCRATS! It's becoming more and more clear that it's our only hope for democracy, despite the big six-foot high LIE posted on the Republican debate stage.
Well, Greg, seems the only thing us heathens can do is keep a Democrat in the WH and expand our Senate majority while we wait in the wings for our next opportunity to install another Supreme on the Court. Holding my breath for that. Anyone care to join me?
Deepest apologies for the Fox News link, but the legitimate media doesn't seem to be jumping on this, and it was so apropos of today's column:
“It’s hard to keep up with the interminable crazy and the energy that it has.”
Yep, GQP MAGA crazy makers sure drain you, which is exactly what they want. 🧘🏼 Breathe in, breathe out - and when about to give up, remember why you started. ✌🏻
OK, so he’s the most powerful person in the insane asylum. But for me to lose a lot of sleep over that I’d have to believe that evil is going to triumph over good. And is power based on untruths really power, or is it just manipulation? And can we the manipulated not fix the offending imbalance at the ballot box? If after the 2024 election the Republicans no longer hold the White House or the majority in either the Senate or the House, things will change.
Thanks, Greg, for talking about Thomas who I cannot stomach. I could care less what color of the rainbow he is. What I care about is trustworthiness, transparency, decency, fairness, and kindness. Clarence has none of these qualities. Quite frankly, it looks like the other 5 justices are also devoid of them, as well. We really have to back Sheldon Whitehouse’s Supreme Court Ethics bill wholeheartedly. I am waiting for Jack Smith’s investigation into GOP members of Congress who encouraged seditious acts against our sacred grounds. I feel strongly that Ginni Thomas will then be implicated as a major player. When that happens, Clarence will be hanging like a thread.
Thank you, Greg.
The *real* problem is lack of prosecution of the 100x more criminal GOP turds than 20 years ago. 😢
Well said, Greg! We need to get Sen. Seldon Whitehouse's SCOTUS ethics, recusal and transparency reform bill passed in the Senate, for starters. And then do everything we can to get out every last Democratic vote in 2024 to hold the Presidency, increase our majority in the Senate and reclaim the People's House from the very tenuous grip of the 'interminable crazies'. Then, we can realistically consider impeaching the corrupt 'justice' Thomas.
The Spoon Theory!!! LOL. What toads.