Joy in the Morning
By-and-by he heard somebody call him, and way up the hill he saw Brer Rabbit sitting cross-legged on a chinkapin log combing the pitch out of his hair with a chip of wood. Then Brer Fox knew that he had been fooled mighty badly. Still Brer Rabbit was pleased to fling back some of his sass, and he hollered out:
"Bred and born in the brier patch, Brer Fox—bred and born in the brier patch!"
Polls taken over the weekend showed that the public overwhelmingly believed Thomas over Hill. The margins ranged from 47 to 24 percent ( USA Today) to 51 to 25 percent ( Los Angeles Times) to 53 to 29 percent ( ABC News- Washington Post). After weeks of agony, things were finally going Thomas's way.
Thomas and Hill both were flawed witnesses. For years, Thomas had demonstrated a penchant for exaggerating or trimming the truth in the manner of a successful politician. This defect of character came to the fore at the worst possible time for him, during his testimony on Roe earlier in the hearings. Yet Hill faced her own set of problems. She was, as it were, the plaintiff, and as such she bore the burden of proof. The citizens of the legalistic nation to which she spoke grasped this. Moreover, Hill had to overcome a pervasive skepticism arising from the way her allegations had come to light. Her failure to report the alleged behavior at the time and her willingness to exploit her relationship with Thomas subsequently damaged her credibility gravely. Most important, her own story was shredded by Specter's questioning.
Another critical development in Thomas's favor was his growing support among black Americans. Blacks still backed his confirmation by a wider margin than whites. The ABC News- Washington Post poll found 70 percent of blacks supporting Thomas, and only 50 percent of