The real Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings riveted the nation. It was a stunning triumph of justice, and a victory for the pro-life movement at a time when there were few pro-life senators. Liberals like to pretend that black conservatives don’t exist. So when George H.W. Bush appointed Thomas to fill Thurgood Marshall’s vacant seat, Democrats went ballistic in trying to stop the confirmation. Thomas survived intense grilling by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Democrats were unable to poke a hole in Thomas’s answers after nearly a month of tough questions.
After a 7-7 deadlock on the Judiciary Committee sent his nomination to the full Senate, the media publicized outrageous allegations of a sexually offensive nature in order to smear Thomas and defeat him. Thomas persevered, though, and was eventually confirmed by a vote of 52-48. Now, for nearly 25 years, he has proven to be the finest Justice currently on the Supreme Court. The next president should appoint someone like Clarence Thomas to fill the vacancy created by the untimely death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Thomas showed the kind of fight that we sorely need from Republican politicians today. He inspired a generation of conservatives to not back down even when liberals and the media instigate the most vicious ambush.
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