Floyd and Mary Beth Brown

Twenty years ago this month Clarence Thomas was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The battle to confirm him was vicious, and Floyd had a front row seat.

Thomas was tapped by President George H. W. Bush earlier in the summer of 1991, and we all knew it was going to get ugly. We didn’t realize it would be a racially charged lynching. We knew it would be ugly because as the left has lost the power of ideas they have increasingly turned to the politics of vilification and personal destruction to destroy conservative jurists and leaders in the media.

Most conservatives watched in horror as the left shredded the career and personal life of Judge Robert Bork. Bork had been nominated by Ronald Reagan for the court in 1987. By all accounts Bork was brilliant and qualified. When the left was done pawing his garbage and stealing his library records, we hardly recognized the man. So we were prepared in 1991.

L Brent Bozell III and Floyd, knowing the dubious character of the US Senators on the Judiciary Committee prepared an ad entitled “Who will Judge the Judge.” Then we reviewed the resumes of the panel: “Ted Kennedy, suspended from Harvard for cheating, left the scene of the accident at Chappaquiddick and this year Palm Beach.” We finished the ad by sharing about Joseph Biden’s plagiarism and Alan Cranston’s cozy relationship with busted banker Charles Keating.

Needless to say, when the dirt started to fly about Clarence Thomas, the Senators’ pontificating would be exposed as hypocrites. When we prepared the ad and aired it to massive television coverage, we had no idea about Anita Hill. We just knew it was going to get nasty.

We don’t really want to recount the embarrassing week of Hill’s testimony, because she was clearly a fraud, and the whole rouse to accuse Thomas of sexual harassment was dismissed and Thomas was confirmed by the US Senate.

Many of us thought it would stop once he was on the bench. Once again we were unable to understand the depth of hatred carried in the hearts of these hard core left wing radicals. They have been obsessing about Judge Thomas now for over twenty years.

We only bring this up because of a bizarre twist taken in some of the latest attacks. Floyd made the commercial while he was President of Citizens United. Floyd left Citizens United in 2007 and together we launched this column and his blog floydreports.com. But Floyd’s successor at Citizens United David Bossie launched a legal assault on the McCain-Feingold law. This eventually led to the landmark decision by the Supreme Court that the First Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the government from censoring political broadcasts.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown are both bestselling authors and speakers. In 1988, working from their kitchen table, they formed Citizens United.
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