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February 27, 2012


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Kendall Isaac

He would not inspire the voting enthusiasts in the African American and, I suspect, the female populations given his history voting on cases of interest to the black community and his reputation relative to Anita Hill (even "if" he was innocent he is guilty in the eyes of many laypersons in the general population). It doesn't make sense and I don't see how he would fare any better than the current GOP lineup. Bad idea...But perhaps his wife should consider running!


Lat is on-record as a conservative Republican.


As a left winger, I would be happy to see Clarence step down from the Supreme Court to run for President. Even if, as the author suggests, the Republicans could filibuster for 5 months; even if the odds of Obama winning are only 50/50 (I would suggest they are much greater); that is a 50/50 chance of the left taking over the Supreme Court.

Heck, Obama might even want to throw Thomas a challenge -- go ahead, step down and run against me -- I promise not to fill the seat until after the election. Let America decide.


Anon up above makes the point that David Lat is a Republican. I don't know whether this is true or not, but I'm wondering where Professor Filler gets the information that Lat has a "taste" for left-wing politics.


Mr. Justice, I served with Charles Evans Hughes. I knew Charles Evans Hughes. Charles Evans Hughes was a friend of mine. Mr. Justice, you're no Charles Evans Hughes.


That would never happen for the simple reason that Thomas would have to resign and allow an Obama appointee to take his place. Anyone who thinks that that is likely, I don't think is living in a real world

Dan Filler

I have no inside info on the politics of either Lat or Hill. I am simply making (perhaps entirely incorrect) inferences.


I don't know about Kash, but Lat is more likely a libertarian Republican than a conservative Republican. And that I put at 85% confidence levels, having known him for almost 20 years.

Becoming a Freight Broker

Thomas is also very smart. When he first joined the Supreme Court, some people thought he would just mimic Justice Antonin Scalia, the intellectual leader of the Court’s conservative wing.

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