Deep Stupid

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We launch the wayback machine to retrieve today’s Deep Stupid.

Much is being made on the right about Obama’s remark, earlier this year, that he wanted SCOTUS nominees who were capable of empathy.  So, TPM responds with this description of Clarence Thomas by Pres. George H.W. Bush in 1991:

I have followed this man’s career for some time. He is a delightful and warm, intelligent person who has great empathy and a wonderful sense of humor.

I don’t much care about the empathy gotcha game, but, good lord, how wrong can a man be about another man’s personality?

Every report I’ve seen or heard about Thomas since he joined the court says his colleagues find him surly, cold, and taciturn.  Basically, nobody likes the man, and nobody thinks him much of an intellectual.  So while the first Pres. Bush’s remark isn’t possessed of especially deep stupid, being wrong on all counts does give it tremendous breadth.  Today’s winner.

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2 Responses to “Deep Stupid”

  1. jazzbumpa Says:

    GHWB wasn’t deeply stupid. He was deeply cynical. He made J. Danforth Quayle his VP, for Christ’s sake. Wasn’t Thomas a totally undistinguished nobody before he joined the Supremes? That was a feint to make morons like Michael Steel think the tent was big.

    Re: empathy – it is OK in a candidate nominated by a Rep, but death if nominated by a Dem. The Reps are gong to crash and burn on Sotomayer. She’s more conservative than most people realize, or that the reichfluegel are willing to admit. They are only against her because they want Obama to fail. Those who call themselves conservatives are anything but – a sad lot of ill-mannered, ignorant obstructionists.

    O,h what sad times these are when passing ruffians can say “empathy” at will to SCOTUS nominated ladies.

  2. urbino Says:

    Leaves one clutching one’s pearls, as they would say over at EotAW.

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