Rachel Maddow opened her Monday night program with a segment replaying the Anita Hill inquisition — plus a clip that hadn’t been shown before in which a much older Hill talks about how hard it was to have her 80 year old deeply religious parents in the Senate hearing room when she was forced to recount in excruciating detail the sexual harassing behavior of Clarence Thomas.
If anything, the segment made me even angrier now than I was in 1991. Shame on Joe Biden, Orin Hatch, Arlen Specter. Teddy Kennedy didn’t help much either — no doubt because he had his own sorry history with women to contend with.
Joe Biden should never run for president. His service to President Obama didn’t redeem him nearly enough from the Anita Hill debacle.
If Dems take the House, they should reopen the Clarence Thomas hearings — yes, all these years later — impeach that man and drag him off the Supreme Court.
And I wish Anita Hill would show up at the new hearings scheduled for the Kavanaugh nomination, when Dr. Ford testifies to some of the same old white men — Chuck Grassley being one — who attacked Hill. The Senators should have to look at Hill sitting behind Dr. Ford — it might jolt them into showing some basic respect.