Thursday, October 21, 2010

Publicity Hounding

Steve M at No More Mister Nice Blog wonders why Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, called up Anita Hill and then didn’t hide from the fact that she placed the call.

I can’t find any evidence that the woman has a book deal yet, but I have to assume that this bizarre act on the part of Clarence Thomas’s wife, Ginni, was an attempt to generate a dramatic scene, infused with Christian sanctimony and self-righteousness, that could serve as the basis for a tear-jerking chapter in a memoir/polemic published by a right-wing or Christian-right publisher, one that would help push Mrs. T to the front ranks of right-wing female rabble-rousers (or at least sell a lot of copies and make the Thomases a lot of money)

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Yup, this really seems like something you’d do if you were writing a book. You’d never mention it until you were shipping the book to media outlets, so that the revelation of the surprising confrontation could be a hook for the interview by Matt Lauer or Larry King’s successor.

Ms. Thomas has also been in the news recently for her Tea Party activity with her group Liberty Central, and if she doesn’t have a book in the works, it’s just another way of getting her name in the papers without actually going out there and blowing your own horn. (By the way, imagine the consternation and monkeyhouse if the spouse of a liberal Supreme Court justice started a own group in the vein of MoveOn.org.)

I suspect that Ms. Thomas’s motive was purely entrepreneurial, although Roger Ebert tweets that it might just be something else.