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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Targeting Clarence Thomas’ Wife

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Targeting Clarence Thomas’ Wife

Sheldon Whitehouse’s war on the Supreme Court just took a particularly insidious turn, but unlike his obsessions with Brett Kavanaugh’s “boofing” and “ralphing,” Whitehouse’s latest obsession is nothing to laugh about. It’s part of a rising tide of Democrat rhetoric inciting activists against the conservative Justices.

Sheldon Whitehouse, Senator from Rhode Island, has been on a mission to take down the Supreme Court because he doesn’t like the conservative majority.

Whitehouse embarrassed himself during the Kavanaugh hearings with intense cross-examination of Kavanaugh’s high school entries — lacking any self-awareness that people were laughing at him not with him. Read it for a good laugh, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse grilled Brett Kavanaugh about a high school yearbook fart joke. Seriously.

Lack of self-awareness is not surprising since Whitehouse was born with a silver spoon in his mouth:

Whitehouse is the great-great-grandson of the West Coast railroad baron Charles Crocker, and with an estimated net worth of more than $6 million, he is reportedly the Ocean State’s wealthiest politician…. Whitehouse came from a socially and politically connected family — his father dated Jacqueline Bouvier before she married JFK and was known to enjoy fox hunting — and when he returned stateside, he followed a classic blue-blood educational track: prep school at St. Paul’s in New Hampshire; college at Yale; law school at the University of Virginia.

Whitehouse’s signature is attacking people at very personal levels without a sense of shame or ability to view himself as anything other than a holy crusader. One of his most notorious moments was when he compared opponents of Obamacare to Nazis during Kristallnacht and people who lynched blacks. Dana Milbank at WaPo noted at the time:

… Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) had just delivered an overwrought jeremiad comparing the Republicans to Nazis on Kristallnacht, lynch mobs of the South, and bloodthirsty crowds of the French Revolution.

“Too many colleagues are embarked on a desperate, no-holds-barred mission of propaganda, obstruction and fear,” he said. “History cautions us of the excesses to which these malignant, vindictive passions can ultimately lead. Tumbrils have rolled through taunting crowds. Broken glass has sparkled in darkened streets. Strange fruit has hung from southern trees.” Assuming the role of Old Testament prophet, Whitehouse promised a “day of judgment” and a “day of reckoning” for Republicans.

Whitehouse spins conspiracy theories about right wing “dark money” taking over the Supreme Court nomination process while ignoring the much more vast and enriched left-wing dark money funding Whitehouse and his allies, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Hates ‘Dark Money,’ Except When It Goes To Democrats Like Sheldon Whitehouse. Whitehouse himself even nominated a Democrat megadonor who also donated to Whitehouse for a federal judgeship.

If you read nothing else, read these two posts:

The Supreme Court conservative Justices have been particular targets of Whitehouse:

I can’t find a statement by Whitehouse condemning the attempted assassination of his favorite target Brett Kavanaugh. But Whitehouse’s Twitter feed is filled with invective trying to delegitimize the court:

Our Supreme Court cannot handle its own ethics problems. We all see that clearly. [June 19, 2022]

Then, they create an echo chamber of approval for their cultivated fringe ideas. The ideas get bounced around through other anonymously-funded affiliate groups, through law school clubs and conservative conferences – and ultimately to the Supreme Court. [June 15, 2022]

A political party violated every norm to achieve their majority on the Supreme Court, overturn Roe, and impose their ideology on millions who don’t agree with them. How are Americans supposed to have any faith in this system? [May 14, 2022]

I’m heading to the Senate floor to unmask the scheme to control our Supreme Court – a scheme now poised to destroy a woman’s right to make decisions about her body. [May 10, 2022]

Republicans devised a decades-long scheme to capture our Supreme Court. Their reward is The Court That Dark Money Built, which delivers wins for corporate special interests – every single time. [April 16, 2022]

What plays out here in the Judiciary Committee with Supreme Court nominations is often driven and directed in other places, and the real action is too often offstage, in an archipelago of right-wing, dark money front groups that are out to capture the Court. [April 4, 2022]

Now Whitehouse is obssessed with Ginny Thomas, wife of Justice Clarence Thomas. Prof. Jonathan Turley notes how unseemly Whitehouse has been:

In Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Cecily observes “I have never met any really wicked person before… I am so afraid he will look just like every one else.” The quote came to mind this week after Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) demanded an investigation of Ginni Thomas. Whitehouse insists that there is a “big investigative gap” in pursuing the leaker of the draft Supreme Court opinion in the pending abortion case, but not the wife of Clarence Thomas. Ginni Thomas supported the challenge to the certification of the 2020 election.

Even in the age of rage, the investigation of the spouse of a sitting justice due to her political views is shocking….

The position of Ginni Thomas on the election was no surprise. She is a well-known Republican activist and Trump supporter. In her communications, Thomas encouraged then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to pursue legal and legislative challenges to what she viewed as a stolen election. That was a position supported by millions of voters….

On MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” Sen. Whitehouse mocked “how Chief Justice Roberts went to DEFCON 1 over the leak of the Alito abortion opinion and demanded investigations and said it was a betrayal of the court.”

Yet, he noted “If you look at the Ginni Thomas situation …  it seems to me that when you have the spouse of the Supreme Court justice now repeatedly connected with an insurrection against the country and now connected with an individual who is so deeply in trouble that a White House, a Trump White House legal counsel advised him to get a criminal defense attorney, that if you are going to go to DEFCON 1 over the leak of a draft opinion, you might want to consider going to DEFCON 3 or 4 or 5 and start investigating within the court what the heck is going on here.” He asked why Chief Justice Roberts is  “unwilling to look at its own problems as regards Justice Thomas.”

The reason may be that leaking the opinion is clearly unethical and potentially criminal conduct. What Ginni Thomas did is called free speech. Thomas had every right to call for a challenge to the election even though some of us viewed the effort as unfounded. Marriage to a justice does not come with some form of indentured servitude where you must suspend the exercise of constitutional rights like freedom of speech.

Sheldon Whitehouse’s war on the Supreme Court just took a particularly insidious turn, but unlike his obsessions with Brett Kavanaugh’s “boofing” and “ralphing,” Whitehouse’s latest obsession is nothing to laugh about. It’s part of a rising tide of Democrat rhetoric inciting activists against the conservative Justices.


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This moron belongs in a remake of “Airplane” or “The Naked Gun”. But not in the United States Senate.

    User-Name in reply to | June 20, 2022 at 11:18 am

    Judge Smails in the movie Caddyshack.

    I’m surprised that Whitehouse isn’t able to see his own ridiculous pompousness and dopey self-importance.

The Gentle Grizzly | June 19, 2022 at 9:56 pm

Mybe Justice Thomas needs to punch Whitehouse in the nose.

I think they actually believe that they can piss CT off so much he will resign amd then they can put another radical on the bench

They never rest
Evil never sleeps…

    Peabody in reply to gonzotx. | June 20, 2022 at 10:47 am

    They never rest
    Evil never sleeps…

    Except for Biden. If he doesn’t get 15 hours of sleep he’ll fall of his bicycle. If he talks more than 2 1/2 minutes he has to take a lid.

    That Evil Man needs all the rest he can get. He’s so close to croaking it makes the devil giddy.

    Milhouse in reply to gonzotx. | June 20, 2022 at 11:31 am

    That makes no sense. The more they piss him off the less likely he is to resign. That’s just common sense. If they want him to resign they should be extra nice to him.

The epitome of a pompous and petty blowhard, acting for mendacious purposes. Gives public service a bad name.

    There is only self-service. I wish I was different. I’m not.
    Give me long enough and I’ll figure a way to make yourself rich at your expense. And I’d convince myself you owed me. Because I did all kinds of good for you.

      Arminius in reply to Arminius. | June 20, 2022 at 12:14 am

      Sometimes I don’t give myself credit enough. Sometimes when I know everybody else is looking I don’t engage in a@@h**lery.

      I hate getting caught.

Myself. Ill make myself rich at your expense.

You convince yourself that people owe you trust. Stand by to stand by.

How does this (looking for words, failing to find them) thing get to be a Senator?

Does this count as pink and blue?

OK. Maybe it’s not exactly pink. And maybe it’s not exactly blue. But it’s still weird. Try getting a Camry in that color combination. I like it.

I’ve wondered IF they were successful in getting Thomas to resign or in assassinating Kavanaugh, would Biden have say “hey, we already have a justice confirmed for the SC, let’s fill the vacancy with Jackson and ask Breyer delay his retirement”.

That way they don’t exactly name a liberal justice to replace a conservative, they just change up the order of replacement.

And just like that, the SC is liberal again if Roberts continues selling out.

    Milhouse in reply to MrE. | June 20, 2022 at 11:36 am

    She’s already been appointed as an associate justice in advance of a vacancy, so of course as soon as a vacancy appears she will be sworn in to fill it. There’s nothing underhanded about that. There are not separate positions on the supreme court; there is one chief justice and eight associate justices. So she can’t be appointed to a specific vacancy, just to the next one that occurs.

      “Underhanded” only in the sense that she was sold to the public as Breyer’s replacement and to cement his retirement. So if instead of replacing Breyer’s scheduled retirement she replaced a conservative justice, it would be a betrayal of public trust – and politically – the Dems wouldn’t be as easily criticized for replacing a conservative justice with a liberal. I hope we never approve a justice for the SC in advance of an opening, again. It brings a new and potentially dangerous level of political gamesmanship to the process.

If anything happened to Mrs. Thomas, he would demand Justice Thomas design because of bias. This is so dangerous. That would uncork a genie no one could get back in the bottle.

    Milhouse in reply to alaskabob. | June 20, 2022 at 11:37 am

    He can demand whatever he likes. Unless he can get 66 other senators to agree with him (as well as a majority in the House), his demands and $2.75 will get you a ride on the NYC subway.

ahad haamoratsim | June 20, 2022 at 3:31 am

“unwilling to look at its own problems as regards Justice Thomas.”
But it was not Justice Thomas who made the comments that so upset the good senator.

Or is the honorable senator saying that Justice Thomas has the right to control what Mrs Thomas says in public and is remiss for not exercising it more effectively? That if the good senator were her husband, he’’d bloody well make sure that his wife knew her place?

I thought we had agreed quite some time ago that wife-beating is a bad thing.

Rupert Smedley Hepplewhite | June 20, 2022 at 5:38 am

White guy going after a white woman for being uppity for marrying a black guy; change my mind.

Whitehouse is Rhode Island’s Ted Kennedy.

Or pick any other scurvy senator from MA.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Dimsdale. | June 20, 2022 at 7:15 am

    I didn’t know Whitehouse was a drunkard.

      Well, neither do I. It would provide some cover though. But we do know that he is a racist, having membership in an all white country club, and not apologizing for it.

        Milhouse in reply to Dimsdale. | June 20, 2022 at 11:44 am

        He may very well be a racist, and he’s definitely a swine, but (1) he is not a member of the club; his wife is, and as we have just pointed out a husband doesn’t get to control his wife’s associations. (2) the club is not “all-white”, at least in any meaningful sense. The allegation is merely that at some point there didn’t happen to be any non-white members; that’s not surprising for a small club for very rich people, in a state with very few non-white inhabitants. At the time the allegation was made, the club said it actually did happen to have at least one non-white member; there is no way to determine whether that was true, but it doesn’t matter. Nobody is even alleging that a suitable non-white person would have any problem joining, if they wanted to.

          henrybowman in reply to Milhouse. | June 20, 2022 at 3:00 pm

          “(1) he is not a member of the club; his wife is”
          And ex-felon G. Gordon Liddy doesn’t own any guns.
          Curiously, his wife owns a considerable number.
          And the only room they had left to store a few of them was on his side of the bed.

          But hey, I’m willing.
          Sheldon says wives are fair game now?
          Somebody needs to go after Whitehouse’s wife. Fast and hard.
          Hammer her on the relentless anvil of investigation.
          She belongs to a racist country club? Let’s start there.
          But don’t stop there. There’s sure to be lots of tasty scandal, if one looks hard enough.
          Show me the wife: I’ll show you the crime. — LavrenTMZ Beria

          Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | June 20, 2022 at 3:29 pm

          I have no objection to making unfair attacks on Whitehouse; he deserves them. But we must keep in mind, for our own sakes, that the attacks are unfair, and not start believing them, nor confusing them with all the entirely fair attacks we could and should be making as well.

          So: as a point of fact, the club is not racist, and he is not a member so he couldn’t resign even if it were. With that in mind, if you choose to hold him to the same unfair standards to which he holds Republicans then go ahead.

          Barry in reply to Milhouse. | June 21, 2022 at 2:01 am

          The club is racist and the corrupt POS Whitehouse is a member by virtue of his wife’s membership. He participates, he’s a member.
          Stop excusing corrupt behavior.

          Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | June 22, 2022 at 2:49 am

          No, the club is not racist. It’s unfair to accuse it of racism, simply because you want to attack the husband of one of its members.

What we need is a part-time Congress on a part-time salary. All of their time is spent either raising money or staging buffoonish political theater. Three weeks per year would be plenty since they don’t seem to have any official business anymore.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Pasadena Phil. | June 20, 2022 at 8:15 am

    Let’s also do the following:

    1) Senate and congressional floor be fitted with folding bridge chairs and banquet tables. Light the room with fluorescent lighting having the lowest color rendering index on the market. If they can still be found, use core and coil ballasts to drive the lamps so they flicker a bit when one’s persistence of vision is not cooperating (Women close to their monthlies notice the flicker. Fact, not sexism, ladies.)

    2) Offices: steel desks, $79.95 desk chairs; folding chairs for guests. A limit of two staff members each, regardless of seniority. Same bad lighting.

    3) Close the cafeteria, barber shop, gym, pool, and other perks. Make the bastards go out and rub elbows with the peasantry.

      Since they have pushed out the borders of their gated community to include the National Guard and cyclone fencing, I propose that we require IDs and passports for the swamp rats when they enter and leave. Full body searches of course. That will remind them the D.C. is not one of the United STATES. They insist on acting like Cuba so let’s treat them accordingly.

      henrybowman in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | June 20, 2022 at 6:32 pm

      “1) Senate and congressional floor be fitted with folding bridge chairs and banquet tables.”
      Change this to trapdoors over lion pits, and I’m in.

    Term limits. One term only.

Steven Brizel | June 20, 2022 at 8:25 am

Whitehouse lives in his own self created echo chamber

They better be careful about setting a precedent. There are a lot of liberal judges, especially in the 9th Circuit, who’s spouses are extremely radical. I know at least one judge who’s wife is a vocal supporter of BLM, fund-raises for them them, and supported defunding the police, all the while the judge oversaw lawsuits against police officers and police departments.

2smartforlibs | June 20, 2022 at 8:47 am

If you expose Sheldon’s past and make it public that ought to shut him up

Sheldon Whitehouse is an embarrassment in a hearing. He and Kamala Harris make quite the pair.

Let’s see, He belongs to an all white country club, he is going after the only black justice on the court by attacking his wife. By all standards normally used by democrats he must be the head of the local KKK.

So, … please remind me, … WHY does Legal Insurrection choose to operate and/or have a legal presence in Rhode Island??

There are several less hostile (and psychotic) States available to LI.

    henrybowman in reply to Q. | June 20, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    I’ve already explained that.
    It’s the sfoglitelli.

    Barry in reply to Q. | June 21, 2022 at 2:07 am

    Probably because the professor was living there at one time.

    Or, it could be “the sfoglitelli”. 🙂

drsamherman | June 20, 2022 at 7:07 pm

I’ve never called him anything but Weldon Sh!tehouse. It’s not dyslexia—it’s that I can’t find anything positive about Dirty Damnocrats.

Comanche Voter | June 22, 2022 at 5:40 pm

An ethically challenged moron. Why do small states like Rhode Island and Delware keep sending such jerks to the Senate?