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Friday, December 21, 2007

Justice Thomas: "Take This Job and Shove It!"

Well, he doesn't quite say that, but it's close:

Clarence Thomas told an overflow crowd at Chapman University Monday evening that he never wanted to become a Supreme Court justice, or even a judge.   

"There's not much that entices about the job," Thomas said, answering questions from the public that provided a rare glimpse of the man behind the office. "There's no money in it, no privacy, no big houses, and from an ego standpoint, it does nothing for me." 

Thomas, 59, said the position is satisfying because he feels he's serving the public, and he's honored by it, "but I wouldn't say I like it." 

"I like sports," Thomas said. "I like to drive a motor home."

Clearly, for the money, big houses, and ego, he should have become a law professor!  Certainly, if the University of Chicago Law School had not thrown in the motor home, I wouldn't be heading north next year.

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