Justice Clarence Thomas, now a political operative

After Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas posed for a photo with the Donald Trump-endorsed Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell says that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is making it very clear to voters whose side he is on.

(2:00) AND OUR SEARCH, TODAY WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FIND A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, APPOINTED BY A DEMOCRAT OR PUBLICAN WHO HAS POSED FOR A CAMPAIGN PHOTOGRAPH WITH A SENATE CANDIDATE.

HERSCHEL WALKER’S SENATE CAMPAIGN TWEETED THE PICTURE OF SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS WITH THE CANDIDATE.

HE PUT IT OUT RIGHT AWAY, THERE IT IS, A CAMPAIGN PHOTOGRAPH OF A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ENDORSING, BASICALLY, A REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR SENATE.

IT DOESN’T SAY AN ENDORSEMENT, BUT WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE?


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SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY TWEETED, “A CONSERVATIVE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE DOING A PHOTO OP WITH A REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE ON A COMPETITIVE PRIMARY,
I THINK THE COURT HAS CROSSED THE RUBICON. WE NEED TO PASS THE SUPREME COURT ETHICS ACT.” …

PS.
https://www.murphy.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/murphy-johnson-introduce-bicameral-bill-requiring-scotus-to-follow-code-of-ethics

… In our history, most impeachment proceedings have involved federal judges. As of 2015, 15 of 19 officials impeached by the House were federal judges, and of 16 trials conducted in the Senate, all eight people convicted were federal judges.

Only one Supreme Court Justice, Samuel Chase, faced an impeachment trial in a politically charged environment during the Jefferson administration. In 1805, …

Sad thing is, chocolate for brains, apparently has a real good chance of winning the Senate seat.

… Right now, former NFL running back and all-around football legend Herschel Walker—a man who has never served in any political office or performed any public service role (unless you count his Trump-appointed role as co-chair of the Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition, and I don’t), has no background in activism and has a history of erratic public and private behavior—is the frontrunner to win a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia this November.

This may come as a surprise to some since the current occupant of the seat he’s running for, Rev. Raphael Warnock, is one of the most charismatic and effective new voices in the Senate chamber. Warnock has taken crucial, consequential votes that delivered billions of relief to Americans in need, helped deliver much-needed funds for infrastructure in his home state and is currently leading the effort to make diabetes medication more affordable for average Americans. …

… Walker made headlines this week with some profoundly ignorant statements on evolution. No doubt, in an effort to solidify his reactionary religious bona fides, he asked if the theory of evolution is correct, “Why are there still apes?”

Walker is either truly uninformed about the centuries of data we have on this subject (and for the record, the apes humans evolved from went extinct millions of years ago), or he is cynically exploiting devout voters’ suspicions of it—neither option is a good one. He also isn’t the first and likely won’t be the last high-profile conservative to openly question the science behind evolution. …

So you could say Thomas has joined forces with Putin to engage in every underhanded thing they can dream up in order to over throw our American form of governing. One election away, will Americans wake up, or embrace belligerent stupidity, and reject honestly; assessing facts at hand; learning from each other, etc., etc. - with its resultant anarchy and violence. When riches and power are involved people really do go utterly insane. So sad, so self destructive.

US assesses Putin may increase efforts to interfere with US elections

By Natasha Bertrand, Zachary Cohen, Katie Bo Lillis and Sean Lyngaas, CNN

Updated 3:39 PM ET, Mon April 11, 2022

Putin more willing to take risks

… The intelligence community has made understanding Putin’s mindset a priority since early in the invasion, sources familiar with internal deliberations told CNN. Raw assessments have pointed to his increasingly unpredictable behavior, and US officials believe Putin is more willing to consider taking risks due to his anger over Russia’s failures in Ukraine – something his advisers, who officials say have not been telling him the full truth, did not prepare him for. …

The Associated Press reported on Saturday that Putin may use US support for Ukraine as a pretext to interfere in US elections.

Lawmakers were briefed by intelligence officials last week on Putin’s calculus on potential influence operations, according to another US official familiar with the briefing. …

a little backstory:

By David E. Sanger

  • Jan. 6, 2017

WASHINGTON — American intelligence officials have concluded that the president of Russia, Vladimir V. Putin, personally “ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election,” and turned from seeking to “denigrate” Hillary Clinton to developing “a clear preference for President-elect Trump.”

The conclusions were part of a declassified intelligence report, ordered by President Obama, that was released on Friday. Its main determinations were described to Mr. Trump by the nation’s top intelligence officials earlier in the day, and he responded by acknowledging, for the first time, that Russia had sought to hack into the Democratic National Committee’s computer systems. But he insisted that the effort had no effect on the election, and he said nothing about the conclusion that Mr. Putin, at some point last year, decided to aid his candidacy.

The report, a damning and surprisingly detailed account of Russia’s efforts to undermine the American electoral system and Mrs. Clinton in particular, went on to assess that Mr. Putin had “aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him.” …