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Could Thomas be the presidential game changer?

With no clear frontrunner in the GOP presidential primary race, some are saying the contest could go all the way to the convention. And if no clear winner is chosen by the delegates on their first vote, support could be thrown behind an entirely new candidate, such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or – Justice Clarence Thomas?

That is a possible scenario, according to the Daily Beast’s  Adam Winker.

“Far-fetched?  Maybe,” Winkler writes. “But a Thomas candidacy would energize Republicans in a way that few other Republicans can and would steal tremendous media attention from President Barack Obama.”

Thomas’ strong Tea Party connection – his wife, Ginni, is a Tea Party supporter aligned with groups that advocate for the repeal of the health care law – could make the justice an attractive choice, Winkler suggests. So would his stance on environmental regulation, free markets and his own “up-by-his-bootstraps story of rising from incredible poverty,” he said.

Winkler noted that the idea of the Thomas presidency was first floated two years ago by legal bloggers David Lat and Kashmir Hill.

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