Article III Groupie has been revising and updating her last post, concerning the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote on the Roberts nomination, on an essentially constant basis since she issued it. Lots of readers have written A3G with helpful corrections and additions, which she has incorporated into the original post (including some new footnote material). (You can get the latest version of the post by hitting the "refresh" button on your web browser.)
The information that A3G is about to share, though, is really too good to be tacked on as an afterthought; it deserves to be highlighted in a separate post. In response to her speculation that Justice Clarence Thomas couldn't care less that he was confirmed by only a 52-48 margin, a reader wrote to A3G as follows:
[Justice Thomas] actually has a list of every senator and how they voted for him, with the ones that voted against him highlighted. [H]e enjoys showing it to clerks, and [he] goes on a rant about how horrible it was and that he'll never forget those senators' names.
Most interesting... The fact that CT actually keeps handy the Senate roll call on his SCOTUS confirmation vote is quite juicy. But A3G is not completely surprised to hear that Justice Thomas remains somewhat fixated on his 1991 confirmation fight. As she reported here (see item #7), Justice Thomas "enjoys talking about [his confirmation battle] around the Supreme Court building, like a veteran telling war stories, which might be surprising given its bitter and lurid nature."
A3G's advice to Justice Thomas: Let it go! While the treatment you were subjected to was certainly traumatic, it took place almost 15 years ago. You are now an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (with a lucrative book deal to boot). Your erstwhile nemesis, Anita Hill, is now a mere footnote in the annals of history -- on a par with, say, Monica Lewinsky...
So just get on with your (super-fabulous) life, Justice Thomas! Revel in your federal judicial celebrity; bask in the raves that your excellent Supreme Court opinions have justifiably earned for you. Attend lots of Federalist Society events, like Ted Olson's famous fete, and soak up the adoration of conservative judicial groupies. Put all the old ugliness behind you (with the help of a good therapist if necessary; A3G swears by hers). Remember: "He who laughs last, laughs best!"