“You’re supposed to say there’s some angle, some methodology you’re pushing... There’s originalism. There’s textualism. All these useless peripheral debates other than just doing our jobs as best we can.”Just doing my job as best as I can. That's the modest-selfless-judge methodology... the methodology that dares not call itself a methodology... the methodology embraced by every Supreme Court nominee when he/she comes before the Senate Judiciary Committee ... at least ever since that one guy got borked.
Thomas was interviewed by lawprof Akhil Reed Amar — who has a new book out, "America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By." I bought that and I recommend it. I got the Kindle version, which allows me to tell you that it contains only 2 mentions of Justice Thomas by name. There's an endnote at 551 about the "contrasting visions" of Brown v. Board of Education "on pervasive display" in the 2007 school integration case Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, referring to Thomas's "politically conservative reading." And there's a reference, on the same page, to Thomas's questioning whether the Establishment Clause ought to have been seen as applicable to the states through the 14th Amendment (even though he found the 2d Amendment incorporated in the 14th Amendment).