Understatement of the Day

UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE DAY…. Everyone makes mistakes.

The wife of Justice Clarence Thomas says her phone call to Anita Hill was “probably a mistake on my part.”

In an interview with the Daily Caller, Virginia Thomas said her call to Hill was not the reason she resigned as leader of the conservative “citizen activists” group Liberty Central.

“Probably a mistake” seems like an accurate assessment. In case you need a refresher, Ginni Thomas, an odd right-wing activist, left a creepy, accusatory voice-mail message for Brandeis University professor Anita Hill in October, calling early on a Saturday morning.

“Good morning, Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas,” the message said, “I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to understand why you did what you did. Okay have a good day.”

Thomas later said she was “extending an olive branch” by leaving the message that implicitly accused Hill of lying.

No word yet on whether Thomas expects Hill to apologize for Thomas’ misguided stunt.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.