Toobin Explains Clarence Thomas' Anger

Jeffrey Toobin reviews Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' autobiography , My Grandfather's Son, in the New Yorker this week.

Like most judicial conservatives, Thomas criticizes liberal Justices for using the Constitution to promote their “policy preferences.” But, as Thomas’s book clearly demonstrates, he has sought to enshrine in the Constitution his own policy preferences—the ones he learned from his grandfather.

This is especially true on the question of race.

It's a long review and Toobin has put a great deal of thought into it making it a good read.

Jeffrey's book on the Supreme Court:

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    relativism (1.00 / 0) (#3)
    by diogenes on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 07:10:25 PM EST
    I guess that everything we say is based on how we were brought up and there are no clear standards.  If Thomas opposes affirmative action, it isn't because it might be a bad idea but because of his grandfather.  After all, objective standards of anything don't exist.  And the elected Congress and executive certainly can't be trusted to do anything, can they?

    ON CNN (none / 0) (#1)
    by Jgarza on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 01:46:05 PM EST
    I saw Toobin talking about CT on CNN a few weeks ago.  It was really interesting.  CT is plain nuts.  He is just angry at everyone.  Have you read Toobin's book on the supremes?  I haven't had a chance to pick it up.

    it's very good (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 05:54:00 PM EST
    I just updated the post to include a link to it. I highly recommend it.

    Indeed. Thanks J. (none / 0) (#4)
    by andgarden on Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 10:35:08 PM EST
    thanks (none / 0) (#5)
    by Jgarza on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 01:13:53 AM EST
    i will pick up a copy