I’d like to see President Obama appoint Brandeis University law professor Anita Hill. She’s reasonably young, smart, and—after her ordeal testifying at Clarence Thomas’s 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearing—she certainly understands politics as well as law.
I’ll never forget Hill’s thoughtful answers as Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) tried to pick apart her testimony, failing to grasp the most rudimentary aspects of sexual harassment in the workplace. He challenged Hill’s every statement, every motive. Why didn’t she quit her job? Why didn’t she tell someone? Calmly, Hill tried to explain something Specter has never endured—power politics from the unempowered side. I was screaming at my television set, but she never raised her voice and never showed her anger.In contrast, Thomas spewed ad hominem attacks when he took the mic. “This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace,” he barked at the Judiciary Committee.