The Best of Notable Quotables; December 23, 1991
Table of Contents:
- Executive Summary
- Gomer Pyle Award
- Peter Arnett Award
- Iron Curtain Award
- Gulf War
- Media Hero Award
- Willie Horton Award
- Damn Conservatives
- Armand Hammer Award
- Real Reagan Legacy
- Long Dong Silver Award
- Thurgood Marshall Award
- Borking Award
- Wilson-Weicker Award
- Which Way Is It?
- Silliest Analysis
- Quote of the Year
- 1991 Award Judges
Borking Award (for Character Assassination)
âClarence Thomas is the best only at his ability to bootlick for Ronald Reagan and George Bush ....They didnât pick him because he was black. They picked him because heâs a black conservative. And the thing that bothers me about his appointment â if they had put David Duke on, I wouldnât scream as much because they would look at David Duke and reject him for what he is. If you gave Clarence Thomas a little flour on his face, youâd think you had David Duke talking.â
â Columnist Carl Rowan on Inside Washington, July 7.
âIt may sound bigoted; well, this is a bigoted world and why canât black people be allowed a little Archie Bunker mentality?....Hereâs a man [Thomas] whoâs going to decide crucial issues for the country and he has already said no to blacks; he has already said if he canât paint himself white heâll think white and marry a white woman.â
â USA Today âInquiryâ Editor Barbara
Reynolds in The Washington Post, September 10.
âWho is this guy, Clarence Thomas, and why should we want him on the Supreme Court? I canât think of any good reasons. The man is not distinguished and he doesnât seem to have a heart...Letâs be straight about this. Clarence Thomas is a tool of the rich and powerful. His supporters include Dan Quayle, Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms. Even David Duke, former Ku Klux Klan leader, is crazy about Clarence Thomas. Make no mistake, old people, poor people, black people, women, forget about it. Clarence Thomas is not your friend.â
â NBC News reporter Bob Herbert in Sunday
Today âViewpointâ segment, September 8.