Does Clarence Thomas really have to pitch his book to every hard-right commentator out there? Justices have a right to write books about their lives. But I can't help but feel that a Justice who appears on so many deeply partisan shows is weakening the institution he serves. I'd say this if it were Stephen Breyer going on Amy Goodman or Keith Olbermann. I thought one critical conservative value in the judiciary was restraint. Does Thomas - and his many ideological interlocutors - appreciate that? He's got an extremely powerful job for life. He needs book sales this badly? Or is he behaving like a movement politician?

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