A gaggle of criminal defense lawyers, sitting around having beers, gets into a vigorous argument over which Supreme Court justice sucks the most. They nearly come to blows over whether it’s Sam Alito or Clarence Thomas, as if the winner of this argument gets thrown off the island. That’s how much criminal defense lawyers despise Clarence Thomas as a judge.
But this is bullshit. An Alaskan lawyer, Moira Smith, alleges now that Justice Clarence Thomas cupped her butt in 1999. She went public with this story on Facebook on October 7th.
And the team* players lined up, believing uncritically that this must be true because believing in “survivors” is a requirement of the creed, and then connecting it to their most hated presidential candidate, because why not. Justice Thomas is an easy target, both because he’s especially hated by progressives as being a turncoat black man (who was left out of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture because “they just couldn’t include everyone”) and because of the allegations of Anita Hill during his confirmation hearings.
But this is the danger of propensity arguments. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. So, are you really buying the Nancy Grace theory of guilt when it’s used against someone you want so much to believe is guilty?
Moira Smith made no allegations against Thomas at the time, a mere 17 years ago, but today there is a litany of official excuses for the failure of women to take any course of action a rational person would take. They’ve got an excuse for every failure, and they’re up to their eyeballs in failure and praying that people who think rationally are too afraid of their shrieks of MISOGYNIST to call bullshit. Most of you gutless cowards are, enabling these nutjob warriors to perpetuate their scam.
Adam Liptak tells the story as best one can in the face of castigation by women who think Elizabeth Warren isn’t batshit crazy:
Ms. Smith, who is now general counsel of Enstar Natural Gas, declined a request for an interview. But in a statement, she said that while she had felt powerless at the time of the groping, “17 years later, it is clear that sexual harassment, misconduct and assault continue to be pervasive, having an impact on all women.” She added, “I choose to speak out now in the hope that this will change.”
And now, an unknown lawyer gets her 15 minutes of fame by an accusation against a Supreme Court justice by enjoying a narrative of inductive victimhood that would have been laughable at any other time in humanity.
She said she might have been flattered by the attention of a Supreme Court justice had he not been so aggressive. “But it felt somewhat menacing, and I felt vulnerable,” she told Marcia Coyle, a reporter.
And next come the feelz, immune from challenge because regardless of anything remotely related to reality, one can never question her “lived experience” of feelings.
Three of Ms. Smith’s former housemates and her ex-husband said Ms. Smith had told them about the episode soon after it happened, according to The National Law Journal. But several guests at the dinner — held by the head of the Truman Foundation, which awards scholarships to young people who plan to pursue a career in public service — said they had no recollection of any inappropriate behavior.
A small dinner party, but public enough that if anything happened, there were eyeballs to see it. Yet no one did.
The new accusation is not plausible, said Carrie Severino, a former law clerk to Justice Thomas.
“A justice of the U.S. Supreme Court was the guest of honor at a tiny event, surely attracting the sort of swarm the justices tend to attract, yet not a single witness can corroborate Smith’s outlandish story,” Ms. Severino said.
So some inconsequential lawyer told a story that made her a special victim, and now gets overnight victimhood cred? Is it because black men can’t keep their disgusting black hands off white women’s butts? Or just because men are animals and rape culture? Or because we must believe “survivors,” and their feelings of vulnerability explain away every fact that would destroy the credibility of any other self-proclaimed victim?
Moira Smith writes, “enough is enough.” You bet it is. Enough with empty allegations by any woman of sexual impropriety that would fail any test of credibility by any other accuser for any other wrongdoing, but are magically transformed by feminist excuses into legitimacy. Enough reasonable men and women being cowed to parrot this nonsense, or standing silently on the sidelines for fear that they will be tarred with the fury of this mob of schemers.
Did Clarence Thomas do anything to Moira Smith? Highly doubtful, under the circumstances, not the least of which is that Thomas was painfully well aware of the fact that he had a huge target on his forehead, and if he groped a young woman, who wasn’t full of shit, it could have come out immediately and destroyed his career. And then there is the total absence of anyone else present seeing anything remotely suggesting Smith’s allegations are true.
It would bring no tear to my eye for Justice Clarence Thomas to become embroiled in a scandal that would force him to flee the Supreme Court and hide in shame. But intellectual honesty precludes me from believing something because that’s what I want to believe. This is crap. It’s not that Marcia Coyle is to blame for reporting it, but the forces of sad victimhood for believing this crap.
Hate Justice Clarence Thomas all you want for his opinions and votes. I know I do. But have the decency to distinguish the fact that you may not care for his positions from believing any bullshit thrown at him because irrational feminist shrieking has become music to your ears.
*Mark Joseph Stern twitted at me:
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) October 28, 2016
He did not, and I stand corrected.