“The claim that the Justices’ opinions are politically neutral is becoming increasingly hard to accept, especially from Clarence Thomas, whose wife, Virginia (Ginni) Thomas, is a vocal right-wing activist. She has declared that America is in existential danger because of the “deep state” and the “fascist left,” which includes “transsexual fascists.” Thomas, a lawyer who runs a small political-lobbying firm, Liberty Consulting, has become a prominent member of various hard-line groups. Her political activism has caused controversy for years. For the most part, it has been dismissed as the harmless action of an independent spouse. But now the Court appears likely to secure victories for her allies in a number of highly polarizing cases—on abortion, affirmative action, and gun rights.” The excellent Jane Mayer in The New Yorker: Is Ginni Thomas a Threat to the Supreme Court? (Short answer: Yes. But its scarier than that, and scarier than the fact that one of our lifetime-appointed justices is married to a dangerous extremist. It’s this scary: The court is moving in the direction of Ginni Thomas.) David Dinielli, the visiting lecturer at Yale Law School, who was a deputy legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center: “The Justices sit literally above where the lawyers are. For these people to do the job they were tasked with, they have to maintain that level. But this degrades it, mocks it, and threatens it … Since the Court doesn’t have an army, it relies on how it behaves to command respect. Once the veneer cracks, it’s very hard to get it back.”