Time Magazine’s New Cover Shows The Ghost of Clarence Thomas Haunting Brett Kavanaugh


Time‘s new cover has Brett Kavanaugh in the foreground, and a large, looming, ghostly figure of Clarence Thomas, circa 1991, haunting him in the background.

Or maybe it’s not the ghost of 1991 Thomas. Maybe Kavanaugh is casting a Thomas shadow for some reason, instead of being in Thomas’ shadow.

Whatever one can conjecture it may evoke, it’s pretty on-the-nose to the headline, which reads “What’s Changed”. Not much to that imagery. The past image. The present image. The end.

Luckily, you can click through to the article by Molly Ball, intriguingly titled “Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation Is Now the Ultimate Test of Political Power in 2018”, hopeful of finding a little more depth than the cover image.

It was a hazy accusation: hesitantly lodged, short on detail and curiously timed. But Ford’s charge shattered Kavanaugh’s carefully crafted tableau, calling into doubt the image he projected. The row of young girls, legs bare in their private-school skirts, looked different now.


The reaction to the new cover has been less than in the past. “None” would be a good way of putting it. At the time of this post, after two hours, it has a paltry 68 retweets.

This Trump cover ended up with 31,000 retweets and 74,000 likes.

It’s early, but it’s safe to say the new one is off to a rocky start.

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