I have never been more ashamed of our political process than I was during the Judge Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch, Arlen Specter and Alan Simpson and, sadly, the candidate himself, used the same tactics that unscrupulous defense lawyers have used against rape victims for decades.
Prof. Anita Hill opened the eyes of the nation to a very real problem, sexual harassment on the job. However, Thomas and his supporters, in a performance carefully orchestrated by the White House, made it unlikely that any woman will ever again avail herself of the protection of the law against sexual harassment.