Doubting Thomas

At a holiday party, a television reporter I'll call Hubert was telling me about going to the Supreme Court to observe oral arguments. "The extraordinary thing about Clarence Thomas is that he doesn't simply not ask questions," Hubert said. "He doesn't move. Not a muscle."

"What are you implying?" I asked. Hubert shrugged, and walked off to replenish his drink.

I couldn't help thinking of those scenes in World War II movies when the German guards take their daily count of Allied prisoners, not realizing that one of the "prisoners" is an artfully designed mannequin.

A crazy thought? Yes, but this...

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