Skip to comments.Joe Biden Locker Room Promise to John Danforth: Make Sure Anita Hill Testimony was ‘Very Quick’
Posted on 11/22/2017 12:39:39 PM PST by drewh
Joe Biden made a promise in the Senate mens gym to keep Anita Hills testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee very quick, according to former U.S. Representative Pat Schroeder.
That promise was apparently made to then-Senator John Danforth of Missouri, a Republican. Danforth was Clarence Thomas chief sponsor during Thomas 1991 Senate confirmation hearings.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Washington Post on November 16, Hill and five of her biggest congressional boostersall former or current female Democratic politicianssat down to reflect on the strenuous ordeal that Hill went through during those hearings.
Without fail, each of the six women heavily criticized the processboth explicitly and implicitly laying a great deal of the blame at Bidens feet as he was the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman at the time.
Bidens status among the center-leftand womens rights advocates in particularhas deteriorated in recent years as his role in the character assassination of Anita Hill has been revisited.
To refresh: Hill claimed then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her on numerous occasions, had repeatedly asked her out, discussed bestiality, group sex, and gang rape with her while also describing his own sexual prowess and self-avowedly impressive anatomyall while Hill was under Thomas employ at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Four witnesses were ready to testify on Hills behalf in front of the Senate Judiciary Committeebut a compromise was struck between that body and Senate Republicans that would only put Hill on the hot seat. Joe Biden struck that deal, but then it seemed that maybe even Hill wouldnt have a chance to say her piece.
The delays and hesitation mounted, and then it seemed everything was just being rushed. Schroeder said:
We went to see Biden, because we were so frustrated by it. And he literally kind of pointed his finger and said, you dont understand how important ones word was in the Senate, that he had given his word to John Danforth in the mens gym that this would be a very quick hearing, and he had to get it out before Columbus Day.
New York Representative Louise Slaughter noted, We had a serious discussion that this had to happen.
To which Schroeder replied, It was really, really ugly"
Believing Biden. How stupid can you be?
"How stupid can you be?"
LOL, challenge indeed!
AND? Hill was and is, another PHONY! Just like Uncle Joe. They DESERVE each other.
Patsy Schroeder and Anita Hill are LIEberals!
Joe Biden is a LIEberal!
I'm no fan of Joe Biden, and Clarence Thomas had nothing nice to say about Biden in his autobiography My Grandfather's Son ... but Thomas did give Biden credit for one thing:
Anita Hill originally wanted her story to be told in a sworn affidavit that would be submitted anonymously. I assume Biden either has a legal background or ran it past someone who did, because he was adamant that this was unacceptable.
The other women who were supposedly going to testify against Clarence Thomas also faded as soon as Thomas mounted a very aggressive defense and demanded to be heard even if he had no chance of getting confirmed. The story I read years ago about one of them was that she had been fired by Thomas for using slurs against a homosexual co-worker, and there was no way in hell the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee would ever let that get out.
I remember Biden being pretty cool during those hearings. Questioned that Dogged fella about his ego. It was Ted Kennedy whose silence was deafening. Everyone knew why.
IOW, Biden is the next target as the Demwit gang war continues. Thanks drewh.
How about the ordeal Thomas went through because of Hill and her lies?
I'm one who wrote about this story, covering it for a little-known publication, the late New York Guardian. EVERY source I talked to who worked with them took Thomas's side. They all said he left his door open when he talked with her and they never heard anything resembling what Hill claimed.
It also came out that she had made a virtually identical claim against a prior employer.
And she followed Thomas from job to job.
Even a crazy lefty like Arlen the Specter recognized Hill's testimony as perjury, and said so.
Hill was put up to it by aides in Ted Kennedy's office.
Yes, we heard that at the time but could not lock it down. I suspect it's true, but can't confirm it.
This allegedly happened at both Education and Equal Opportunity. If Anita Hill was so upset by this behavior at Education, why did she follow him to EO? Either it did not happen, or it did not bother her until she was convinced by others after the fact that it did bother her.
That was always the part that was never sufficiently addressed. A person with Anita Hill’s resume could get a job at a hundred different agencies plus lobbyists and non-political. She did not have to follow Thomas around.
Interesting. What’s your take on Biden’s role?