Justice Clarence Thomas is sick and tired of the Republican Party holding up the selection process for the open seat on the Supreme Court, and called Washington DC “broken”. Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to confirm any justice that President Obama nominates, and just Thursday morning, Sen. Ted Cruz said that if Hillary Clinton wins, Senate Republicans could delay the process indefinitely.
During a speech at the Heritage Foundation, celebrating his 25th anniversary on the court, Thomas said even the Supreme Court must do more to earn the public trust. “This city is broken in some ways,” Thomas said. “At some point, we are going to have to recognize that we are destroying our institutions.”
The court has become evenly divided between liberals and conservatives, a change that could become even more pronounced if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency and controls who will replace Antonin Scalia, who passed away in February. But Thomas chose to dwell more on his friendship with “Nino” than ponder the future without him.
“He was from the north, and I was from the south, but we wound up at the same place,” he said, referring to their views on the paramount importance of the Constitution and individual freedoms. Scalia, he said, fretted over big principles as well as smaller things such as punctuation and syntax.
“He did the small, he did the big, he cared about it all,” Thomas said. “That teaches you a lesson — that it all matters.”