The Clarence Thomas Dilemma: Nomination and Confirmation

Gaudet, Jr., Robert

"Looking back to the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, one must reconsider the entire nomination process—from Thomas's laments of "high-tech lynching" to senators' frustrations with his evasiveness, in order to make sense of deliberations that seemed "out of control" (Senators A19) to most Americans. An examination of past nominations can also help us answer the questions, "What was wrong with the confirmation picture?" and
"Whose fault was it?" The Senate, that white monolith of indifference, suffered from a damaged reputation as much as Anita Hill or Clarence Thomas. The only winner, it appears, is President George Bush. Bush and the Republican Party got their man confirmed."--from page 5

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February 14, 2014