Clarence Thomas on all the hoopla surrounding The Health Care Case: It’s “just noise”

March 26th, 2012

 Justice Clarence Thomas likens all the outside political pressure that the Supreme Court is facing over its review of the Obama administration’s sweeping health care law to the distraction faced by a free-throw shooter confronted with fans waving wildly behind the basket. Neither, in his view, has much impact in the end.

“Why do you think they’re never distracted? They’re focusing on the rim, right?” Justice Thomas said when asked at a forum two weeks ago about the pressures of the health care case. “That’s the same thing here. You stay focused on what you’re supposed to do. All that other stuff is just noise.”

“All that other background noise, I never — I don’t listen to all this stuff,” he said. “I don’t read the papers, I don’t watch the evening news.” If justices let outside pressures distract them, he said, “in my opinion, you have no business in the job.”

I like that image. I wonder if is possible to tally up all the blog posts, comments, op-eds, briefs, articles, etc. written abou this case, and how NONE OF IT WILL MATTER ON THURSDAY.

No one predicted Sutton would do what he did. No one predicted Kavanaugh would do what he did. No one predicted Hull would do what she did. No one has a clue.