After a few more agonizing hours of debate, the U.S. Senate will vote on the confirmation of Clarence Thomas as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court -- a position he will likely hold well into the next century. Before the explosive charges of sexual harassment were raised against Thomas, our view was that the man was simply unqualified for the job. That view was reinforced during earlier hearings in which he seemed to run away from positions he had taken in the past. In short, Thomas seemed to have an accommodating conscience -- he took positions based on what seemed to benefit him most at a given moment.
This being so, nothing over the past 72 dramatic hours changes our view that he should be rejected.