The Corner

Two Good Points

Ruth Marcus makes two good points in her piece today about Ginni Thomas’ reach out to Anita Hill, although only one of them was intentional. After asserting that Hill, not Thomas, is owed the apology, Marcus notes parenthetically that:

(I should probably say here that I met my husband at those hearings. He was a staffer for a Democratic senator, I was The Washington Post’s Supreme Court correspondent, and we started dating afterward.)

In doing so, she unintentionally confirms everything conservatives imagine to be true about the coziness between Democratic operatives and the press.

Her intentional point is also interesting, and something I wondered about as well:

And what to make of the behavior of the other party to this odd transaction, Anita Hill? Why not ignore the message, rather than refer it to the campus police? Why play it for reporters and give interviews about it? A voice mail on an office phone isn’t exactly intrusive, and there was no harassing follow-up. Ginni Thomas might have been out of line, but she wasn’t threatening in any way.

All of us have made and received prank phone calls in our time, and I’m quite sure that calling the local police, with a request that they notify the FBI, is not a normal reaction. 

Tevi Troy — Mr. Troy is a visiting fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a presidential historian, and a former White House aide. His latest book is Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump.

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