It is becoming increasingly likely that Justice Thomas will be remembered for precisely... nothing. Thanks to the audio recordings of what may go down as the major case of the era, Bush vs. Gore, we heard Thomas utter not a single sound. Nothing. Nada. Didn't even clear his throat. Turns out this is standard operating procedure for him.

A day after the conclusive ruling by the Court on the case, Thomas was addressing a group of schoolchildren, and was asked (pointedly -- ah, out of the mouths of babes) why he is typically silent.

His response is worth reading: "Usually, if you wait long enough, someone will ask your question." Nice lesson for the schoolkids, Clarence.

On USENET, wouldn't we call Thomas a lurker?

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