When Liberals Had a Clarence Thomas

The story of Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas

John Egelkrout
8 min readMay 19, 2023

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Photo by Claire Anderson on Unsplash

If there was an award for being the least-qualified Supreme Court justice, Clarence Thomas would most likely win. Nominated by George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate in 1991, Thomas has been on the Supreme Court for almost 32 years. At age 74, he has spent almost half his life as a justice on the Supreme Court.

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John Egelkrout

I am a sanity-curious former teacher who works a small organic farm with my wife. I write about politics, social issues, memoirs, and a variety of other topics.