Lillian McEwen, ex-ladyfriend of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, went on Larry King's show recently to dish, dish, dish about all the things you never wanted to know about Thomas. More on his love of porn! More on his non-relationship with Anita Hill! More on their relationship! Has anyone given McEwen her book deal yet? What's the market for decades old sexual dirt on a Supreme Court Justice no one really likes very much?
Anyway ... best part of the interview, McEwen recounts how getting sober made Thomas a much, much worse person to be around. DRY DRUNKS! They ruin everything!
In Clarence Thomas' autobiography he wrote about how he had a serious problem with alcohol (he was a drunk) and how he quit cold-turkey in the early 80s. Quitting drinking when you have a drinking problem is always awesome, but quitting drinking without going through therapy or "working the steps" can sometimes be a nightmare for those who you hurt with your drinking. Have you ever met a "dry drunk?" They are some of the most ornery, selfish, rude SOBs ever. At least when they were drunk they were sometimes nice to be around. NO MORE! They just miss that bottle SO MUCH! How could it let them down? Oh well, guess it's time to spend years making everyone around me miserable because I'm so angry about not being drunk anymore.
Nothing Lillian McEwen said about Clarence Thomas, dry drunk, on Larry King was super shocking to me. (I know a couple dry drunks and I know folks who are addicts who've gone through therapy or Alcoholic's Anonymous and found peace. Believe me. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE!) Most people who are alcoholics are that way due to a combination of emotional issues and genetics. If you never deal with those emotional issues ... well, I pray for the people who love you.
If you want to see the entire video or just read the transcript, Crooks & Liars has a pretty good recap. And if you think McEwen is bitter, you're probably right. But, dude, she's got commentary for days and she's been sitting on this for more than 20 years so ...
DRY DRUNK REVELATIONS ALL OVER THE PLACE!
My favorite quote from the interview was one explaining Thomas' thought process and political beliefs. That it all really boils down to personal vendettas, not actual political reasoning. And if you read his book, you would have figured this out as well. He's not so much a conservative because he had some grand mental turnaround. A Republican was one of the first people to give him a job as a lawyer after he was treated roughly in college and couldn't find work. And ... that's about it. This is about the kindness of moderate Missouri Republican John Danforth and the perception that Thomas was wronged or let down by others. The whole first half of the book he hates white people with a red, hot passion. Then Danforth hires him, is supportive and nice to him and suddenly his perception of the world changes ... but not really. The whole book he seethes with resentment towards all sorts of people for grievances both real and imagined.
Anyway ... that quote:
His decisions to me can be very simply explained. And the explanation, I think, for the originalism, for the stark conservatism, for the disparate treatment of different kinds of groups is simply this: he is rewarding those people that he thinks are his friends. He is also punishing those people he thinks are his enemies.
Bitter or no. The woman knows Thomas only in the way someone who dated you for years would know you. As in, she pretty much has the guy down cold.
I swear, Ginni Thomas. You thought you were helping. Well ... you might help Lillian get a book deal so, I'm sure she appreciates that.