The Ginni Thomas ‘Controversy’
I’m a little surprised to read exposes of how Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has launched a Tea Party group, Liberty Central. After all, I reported on Liberty Central back on Feb. 24. When The Washington Post reports that “it was not until this past weekend, after a story in the Los Angeles Times, that awareness of the new organization prompted a debate about the involvement of a justice’s spouse in a political movement,” well, that hurts my feelings.
For what it’s worth, I don’t see any controversy in Ginni Thomas’s new venture. She was a political activist in the 1990s; she was an activist in the Bush years; she’s an activist now. I see this as the latest data point in the Tea Party’s alliance with the old-line conservative establishment. Tea Partiers are picking and choosing which conservatives they want to validate, and I’ve never heard them criticize the likes of Justice Thomas. Ginni Thomas, too, is close to activists taken very seriously by Tea Partiers, like Mark Levin. But stuff like this should really settle the question of “Tea Partiers — conservative movement or rising force of angry independents?”