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The old joke was that we could save the salary of a Justice and his law clerks by abolishing Thomas' seat and just giving Scalia two votes. Not entirely a fair comment, but sorta funny.

Thomas has no shortage of words; he puts plenty of them into his dissenting and specially concurring opinions. He just doesn't seem to think oral argument is of much use.

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Not unless he and Scalia are using an Ouija board.

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Fun, makes me wonder if Clarence will participate more now that his share of the load has increased.

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Fun ,a man of few words

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Fun Fact: Yesterday was an anniversary of sorts. Ten years ago was the last time that Associate Justice Clarence Thomas asked a question from the bench during oral argument before the Supreme Court.

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"Things are a wee bit different now than in 1801."

Of course they are, but I've always had trouble convincing the follow-the-Founders crowd of that. My point was that there is neither constitutional nor historical support for the argument that some others (not you) are making, that the vacancy should persist until next year. 

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Another fun fact:

When the SCOTUS was established in 1789, it had 6 justices.

Changed to 5 in 1801.

7 in 1807

9 in 1837

10 in 1863

7 in 1866

9 in 1869.

I can't imagine it'll change again within my lifetime. Since FDR's threat to pack the court any attempt to increase the size of it will be widely seen as an attempt to exert undue executive influence over it.

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Does that take into account that in Adams' day, Inauguration Day was March 4, 6 weeks later?

Things are a wee bit different now than in 1801.

Fun fact: Anthony Kennedy was confirmed with a 97-0 vote in the Senate. Just 3 Senators didn't vote.

2 of them would later be VP - Al Gore and Joe Biden.

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Fun Fact: The latest point in a Presidential term in which a President going out of office has nominated a Supreme Court Justice, occurred during the presidency of John Adams. It wasn't in an election year; it was in January of 1801, AFTER Adams had lost his re-election bid to Thomas Jefferson in 1800.   

In the waning days of his term, Adams nominated John Marshall as Chief Justice. Marshall was confirmed and went on to become one of the most revered Chief Justices in history. 

Fun Irony: The same peeps who are always giving lip service to how we should follow the example of the Founders, always seem able to ignore the Founders when it's convenient for them to do so. 

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People on "The Right" never seem to take pleasure, simple or otherwise, from the Court's makeup. Which is curious; of the last 16 Justices to join the Court over the last half century, 12 were appointed by Republican Presidents and only four by Democrats. Even if you could somehow reclassify Souter and Stevens, that's still a 10-6 difference. But still not enough for the true believers. 

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