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It's never a bad idea, publicity-wise anyway, to hire someone who makes news to cover news and in that respect Tucker Carlson already has succeeded by hiring Virginia Thomas as a "special correspondent" for his website, the Daily Caller. Thomas, the Tea Party activist and wife of United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, will no doubt draw some serious online clickage, at least at the start of her tenure as a tribune. Every time she opens her mouth, it seems, she gins up headlines (no pun intended).

Her new mission, according to the website's press release, is to "interview key political and community leaders -- from high-profile politicians to grassroots activists -- with a focus on listening to those outside the Beltway." Sounds great! As someone who lives and works more than a thousand miles from M Street, I am always in favor of carpet bombing Washington's insular world with news and views from the rest of the country.  

So I would definitely read and pass along a piece from Special Correspondent Thomas containing her interview with an advocate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- maybe even a real American "outside the Beltway" who already has benefited from the new federal health care law. I'd also be stoked to read Correspondent Thomas' take on Arizona's immigration troubles and the federal response to it. Instead of interviewing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose voice has grown louder as his own legal troubles have worsened, I'm hoping the Daily Caller's new hire instead interviews Arpaio's political doppleganger, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. Wouldn't that be something?

I am also eager to check out Special Correspondent Thomas' take from talking with a legal ethicist or two who disagrees with Justice Thomas' cramped view of his obligations to recuse himself from cases in which he is perceived to have a conflict of interest. Lord knows, inside or "outside the Beltway," the new Special Correspondent could hardly swing a bat without hitting one of those people. And wouldn't it be great if Virginia Thomas went up to Boston, the cradle of liberty, home of the original Tea Party, and interviewed U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro, the Nixon appointee who stuck a dagger into the heart of the Defense of Marriage Act? I would definitely re-Tweet that piece.

I would love to read Thomas' back-and-forth with Bob Edgar, the president of Common Cause, the organization which outed Justice Thomas back in January for his repeated failure to lawfully fill out his federal financial disclosures forms to adequately track Virginia Thomas' significant income from a conservative group. And I myself will help her find Morris Dees if she agrees to interview the chief of the Southern Poverty Law Center about comparisons between today's anti-goverment rhetoric (some of which has come from Special Correspondent Thomas herself) and the anti-government rhetoric in the early- to mid-1990s.

I'd love to read these things from Thomas. As soon as she writes them, please let me know.

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Andrew Cohen is a contributing editor at The Atlantic, 60 Minutes' first-ever legal analyst, and a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice. He is also chief analyst for CBS Radio News and has won a Murrow Award as one of the nation's leading legal journalists. More

Cohen is the winner of the American Bar Association’s 2012 Silver Gavel Award for his Atlantic commentary about the death penalty in America and the winner of the Humane Society’s 2012 Genesis Award for his coverage of the plight of America’s wild horses. A racehorse owner and breeder, Cohen also is a two-time winner of both the John Hervey and O’Brien Awards for distinguished commentary about horse racing.

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