In the 68 hours of oral arguments that have taken place during the Supreme Court's current session, Clarence Thomas has not uttered a single word according to Court transcripts. Since transcripts began attributing comments to specific Justices in 2004, Thomas has spoken a grand total of 281 words. In that same timespan, Antonin Scalia and Steven Breyer have hammered attorneys with 30,000 and 35,000 words of questions, respectively.
35,000 to 281. That is, in case you do not feel like doing the math, a ratio of 125:1.
Anyone else wonder if Clarence's often-praised "pensiveness" and Silent Bob-esque reputation for saying little but making it count (like his extraordinarily brief dissent in Lawrence v Texas) is actually….well, stupidity?