Weiner Twitter Scandal: Daily Kos Says Blame.... Clarence and Ginni Thomas? (Updated)
As athletically as Rep. Anthony Weiner is bumbling on his Twitter scandal, so the leftists at the Daily Kos are pushing the unsubstantiated spin that Weiner is being smeared by...Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his Tea Party activist wife. (Or their backers.) Weiner’s insisted Thomas disclose his wife’s financials in an attempt to insist he should recuse himself on the constitutionality of ObamaCare. On Wednesday morning the Kosmonaut known as “Stranded Wind” was upset anyone would cover this:
CNN has disingenuously ‘covered’ the story, which is to say they smeared right wing bull---t all over Congressman Weiner, probably motivated by a combination of the beating the GOP took in New York 26 and Weiner's unflinching handling of the crimes of Clarence Thomas.
The headline was “CNN Knew Breitbart Was Lying.” Apparently, anyone with a “ratty laptop” could figure could verify Weiner was hacked, especially tech-savvy CNN. On Tuesday night, Joan McCarter “explained” the reasoning behind the Vast Right-Wing Clarence Conspiracy:
The disclosure was apparently prompted in part by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), who had been needling Thomas (including on Twitter) for months to disclose how much money his wife earned from Liberty Central. That's because challenges to Obama's health care reform law are likely to end up before the Supreme Court sooner rather than later, and if Thomas and his wife benefited from her income working against the bill, the justice has an enormous conflict of interest in hearing any legal challenge. Thomas had failed to disclose Virginia's income on his financial disclosure forms for 20 years; under pressure from Weiner and others, he had recently amended old disclosures to reflect hundreds of thousands of dollars she had earned working for the Heritage Foundation, the conservative think tank that also opposed Obama's health care plan.
(Gee, I wonder why Rep. Anthony Weiner would be the target of right-wing hackers in a smear campaign over the weekend?)
Thomas has already indicated that he has no intention of recusing himself from this case (as has Justice Elana Kagan, who served as Solicitor General in the Obama administration when the law was passed), but this disclosure will intensify calls from defenders of the law for Thomas to bow out. Rep. Weiner has already circulated a letter among Democratic colleagues, netting dozens of signatures, asking Thomas to recuse himself.
Which means basically one thing: more right-wing efforts to smear Weiner.
Do these people really think Clarence Thomas wants to be anywhere near another old Long Dong joke?
UPDATE: Politico reporter Ken Vogel joked on Twitter about the Justice's affinity for pornography: "Know who's probably loving #Weinergate? Clarence Thomas. In fact, given his porn affinity, I'm surprised Weiner hasn't blamed the Justice".