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08/29/2011

Originalism on the Web
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Walter Russell Mead: New Blue Nightmare: Clarence Thomas and the Amendment of Doom (commenting extensively on Jeffrey Toobin’s New Yorker article noted here).

 Via Instapundit, highlighting this passage from Mead:

 “[Toobin's article] is one of the most startling reappraisals to appear in The New Yorker for many years. It is hard to think of other revisions as radical as the declownification of Clarence Thomas: Herbert Hoover as the First Keynesian? Henry Kissinger as the Great Humanitarian? . . . If Toobin’s revi[si]onist take is correct, (and I defer to his knowledge of the direction of modern constitutional thought) it means that liberal America has spent a generation mocking a Black man as an ignorant fool, even as constitutional scholars stand in growing amazement at the intellectual audacity, philosophical coherence and historical reflection embedded in his judicial work.”