I agree with Ramesh Ponnuru that the Post‘s Jonathan Capehart is way off base on the Virginia Thomas/Anita Hill flap, almost viciously so, especially about calling the cops. There is not even a remotely plausible claim of harassment or of a threat or of anything else even hemi-demi-semi-illegal in the phone call.
That said, several notes. First, I wish Ginni Thomas, one of the world’s great ladies, hadn’t made such a call right now. It was sure to get out, and it distracts attention from the conservative electoral message. But I’m not in her shoes, and there is nothing inherently wrong, and everything utterly understandable, about her desire — even all these years later — to find some sort of resolution to this issue that so hurt her and her husband.
Now, most importantly, the very brief, very powerful case against Hill and in favor of believing Clarence Thomas is that Hill’s timeline NEVER worked. Ever. The most dramatic proof of this was when her friend, Judge Hoerchner, originally said that Hill told her about the “harassment” at a time when Hill didn’t even work for Thomas. She later tried to walk back that testimony after lawyer Janet Napolitano interrupted her and pulled her aside to talk to her — but her original statement was so definitive as to leave little room for doubt.
There also were problems, in multiple ways, with the timing of the alleged reference to Long Dong Silver.
And so on.
The reason most senators and most Americans at the time believed Thomas rather than Hill is that his testimony was much more believable on the merits. Period.
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