WASHINGTON – Now that Justice Clarence Thomas and his ultra-conservative brethren have greatly expanded the reach of Citizens United v. FEC, it is necessary for your solitary reporter to point out that Justice Thomas, while joining in Chief Justice Roberts’ majority opinion in yesterday’s McCutcheon v. FEC decision, would go even further than his conservative colleagues in considering campaign finance issues coming before the Court.
Thomas wrote a concurring opinion, essentially indicating that he thinks that the First Amendment should be interpreted to allow unlimited expenditures of personal funds from the super-wealthy to Republican candidates.
The solitary reporter was a fly on the wall during the Justices’ post-oral argument conference at which they discussed their ruling in McCutcheon before the opinion was released yesterday.
The intrusion of the solitary reporter was not detected by the Supreme Court’s security system.
“The only affirmative action I believe in,” Thomas said during the conference, “is in affirmative action to promote the political party which got me this cushy lifetime job.”
“If I were smart enough to figure out how to do it,” Thomas continued, “I would have us hold that no wealthy Democrats can give as much money to Democratic causes and candidates as they want, only Republicans and members of the Tea Party such as the Koch Brothers.”
Clarence Thomas was born in Pin Point, Georgia, 65 years ago. He has been sitting on the Supreme Court since 1991, having succeeded Thurgood Marshall. He plans to remain on the Court until he reaches the age of 130 or so. Or maybe longer.