The Drudge Report is offering early details of this Sunday's 60 Minutes interview with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, on the eve of the publication of Thomas's memoir, My Grandfather's Son.
Thomas tells CBS reporter Steve Kroft, according to the report, that abortion was the real issue that led opponents to try to derail his nomination in 1991 by bringing forward Anita Hill's allegations that he sexually harassed her. "That was the elephant in the room... That was the issue. That is the issue that people are apparently so upset about," he tells Kroft. "[That is the issue] that you determine the composition of your Supreme Court and your entire federal judiciary, it seems now."
Thomas says the confirmation controversy did permanent damage to Hill, himself, and the country as a whole. "What are we going to look like years from now if we can't get people confirmed because everybody gets to attack them? They get to draw and quarter them," he says.