Democrats want Ginni Thomas to stay home and bake cookies?

There was a rule in Washington that no families are allowed, but our media umpires only throw flags at one team. As Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, finds herself in the midst of a manufactured firestorm over leaked text messages, it’s worth asking why the party demanding civility feels free to bully her for having strong opinions.

Are Supreme Court spouses supposed to shut up and stay in the kitchen?

Ms Thomas’ sin, as her opponents see it, is that she urged former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to question the 2020 election results at a time when lawyers alleged irregularities in several states. His private texts are summarily summarized as urging him to “cancel the election”, although this phrase does not appear anywhere in the communications.

Ms. Thomas is a private citizen. His objections to the certification of President Biden’s election were no more subversive than supporters of Democrats Andrew Jackson in 1824, Samuel J. Tilden in 1876, Grover Cleveland in 1888, Al Gore in 2000, John Kerry in 2004 or Hillary Clinton in 2016. They all urged these candidates to fight to win in court what they lost at the ballot box.

I admit my biases because I know the human beings targeted by one of the longest smear campaigns in US history. Ginni and Judge Thomas had a long friendship with my late boss, Rush Limbaugh, and I had the privilege of spending time with both of them.

The Thomases have strong opinions, mostly about football and the Nebraska Cornhusker RV. No doubt other Supreme Court spouses also have hot takes, should the media ever choose to hack into their phones. They are not, as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused to be in 1992, “alongside my man like Tammy Wynette,” sequestered in the kitchen baking cookies.

It is laughable for a husband or wife to control their partner; anyone familiar with the antics of Ralph Kramden or Lucy Ricardo knows as much. “Clarence doesn’t discuss her work with me,” Ms. Thomas told the Washington Free Beacon, “and I don’t involve her in my work,” and there’s not a shred of evidence that she was involved. in the shameful violation of January 6.

I met with two other associate justices and interviewed a number of former clerks who served in black robes appointed by Democrats and Republicans. If their spouses’ texts were exposed, they would undoubtedly provide endless fodder for any cable news network that opposed their side.

As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Biden led the attacks on Judge Thomas’ confirmation hearings in 1991. Mr. Biden had opposed bus integration, bragged about getting an award (of which there is no record) from segregationist George Wallace, and had boasted that Delaware was a slave state that would have joined the Confederacy if not for inconvenient geography.

But even Mr. Biden didn’t bully Ms. Thomas in this early version of what we now call ‘cancel culture’, and if he truly sought unity as he claims, he would spare a word in defense of these precious norms and traditions. we are talked about so much in Washington but we see so little in practice.

In the documentary “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words”, Judge Thomas described a realization about blocking the entrance to the Supreme Court building just when they once stood outside the gates of the school of Little Rock. “I felt like in my life, I had viewed the wrong people as the people who would be problematic to me.”

“We were told, ‘Oh, it’s going to be the bigot in the van; it’s going to be the Klansmen; it will be the rural sheriff. But it turned out that through it all, the biggest obstacle was ultimately the modern-day liberal.

No doubt Supreme Court nominee Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson would be okay if she found her husband, Dr. Patrick G. Jackson, faced with blatant banter about his interracial marriage, like the Thomases. have done on theirs.

Certainly, no left-leaning newspaper would run an article along the lines of the New York Sun curator’s endorsement of Justice Jackson’s nomination, saying that while they disagreed with her judicial philosophy, “we have little appetite, however, for a court without ideological diversity”.

If you can’t criticize the judges (another sharp penalty the referees always miss in Judge Thomas), a free better half is an easy target. But Ms Thomas has every right to share her views privately like any other Supreme Court spouse, and none of the current attacks will send her rushing into the kitchen – although if they do, its cookies will undoubtedly blow your mind.

• Dean Karayanis @HistoryDean is producer of the “Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show”, longtime member of Rush Limbaugh and host of the “History Author Show” on iHeartRadio.

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