Lock Up The Liquor Cabinet and Hide the Handset: Ginny Thomas Reaches Out and Touches Anita Hill

By now you’ve likely heard about Ginny Thomas, budding Teabagger superstar and wife of SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas, drunk-dialing calling Anita Hill at 730am yesterday and demanding that Hill apologize for, er, telling the truth about Justice Thomas’s infamous untoward advances:

“Good morning, Anita Hill, it’s Ginny Thomas,” said the voice. “I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to understand why you did what you did. OK, have a good day.”

One can’t help but wonder why Ms. Thomas suddenly decided, after nearly 20 years, to “reach out” to Hill with magnanimous (if creepy) Christian charity (I’m decidedly partial to the “Bombay Sapphire puts the ‘Gin’ in Ginny” theory, but YMMV).

Steve M is cynical:

I can’t find any evidence that the woman has a book deal yet, but I have to assume that this bizarre act on the part of Clarence Thomas’s wife, Ginni, was an attempt to generate a dramatic scene, infused with Christian sanctimony and self-righteousness, that could serve as the basis for a tear-jerking chapter in a memoir/polemic published by a right-wing or Christian-right publisher, one that would help push Mrs. T to the front ranks of right-wing female rabble-rousers (or at least sell a lot of copies and make the Thomases a lot of money)… .


This was all done on the Q.T.; Ginni Thomas never publicized the call, though, as the linked story notes, she’s now acknowledged, through a publicist, that the call took place. (Um, do other Supreme Court justices’ spouses have publicists? I mean, for personal issues?)

Hill insists she has nothing to apologize for.

Yup, this really seems like something you’d do if you were writing a book. You’d never mention it until you were shipping the book to media outlets, so that the revelation of the surprising confrontation could be a hook for the interview by Matt Lauer or Larry King’s successor.

Speculation about motivation (and filthy lucre) aside, a quick trip through the wayback machine courtesy a self-serving 1991 People Magazine article by Ms. Thomas helps provide some insight with regards to how she personally views Hill:

[W]hat’s scary about [Hill’s] allegations is that they remind me of the movie Fatal Attraction or, in her case, what I call the fatal assistant. In my heart, I always believed she was probably someone in love with my husband and never got what she wanted.

More definitive proof that Outer Wingnuttia is, as obliquely noted by Sarah Posner, an irony-free zone.

Regardless, Hill basically said “FUCK YO’ COUCH” to Thomas by passing along the unsolicited overture to the FBI. And who can blame her? Seriously, anyone would be creeped out if the spouse of some dick who sexually harrassed you ages ago suddenly worms her way out of the woodwork and onto your work voicemail in an arguably threatening manner.

Last word goes to Rising Hegemon:

Heh. Indeed.

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