You Be the Judge
It could have been worse for Clarence Thomas. In 1991, there were only water coolers for discussion sites. Today, there are:
Of course, each of the above blogs links to jillions of others. The resulting universe of on-the-one-hand-but-on-the-other-hand chatter is either the wonderful opening up of an elite field, or the normal person's nightmarish equivalent of being trapped in a roomful of lawyers. But it can't be said that the information is not out there.
Of course, the system keeps the public from directly doing anything with that information - i.e., picking the justices. Something about insulating the judiciary from the ugliness of politics. But here are some folks who will care very much what the people think, come Election Day:
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