Friday, September 22, 2017

The Wages of Borking

Posted on by Steven Hayward in Democrats, Judicial nominees, Supreme Court

This week marks the 30th anniversary of one of the turning points in modern American politics: the travesty of the Bork confirmation hearings. The “Borking” of Bork changed the rules of judicial appointments, and have poisoned judicial politics, ever since. It was a shameful moment because of the duplicity and hypocrisy of Democrats.

Several days before President Reagan announced Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Howard Baker and Ed Meese met with Judiciary Committee chairman Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd to go through a list of possible nominees, and neither man indicated that Bork was unacceptable. Byrd said to a reporter when asked about Bork’s possible nomination: “I frankly think he would probably be confirmed,” and Byrd cautioned fellow Democrats that Bork’s nomination should not become “a litmus test of party affiliation and loyalty.”

Sen. Dennis DeConcini (D-AZ) said “I start with the assumption that the President has the right to appoint whom he wants.” Biden, never at a loss for words—even if they were someone else’s—had told a reporter in 1986: “Say the administration sends up Bork, and, after our investigation, he looks a lot like another Scalia. I’d have to vote for him, and if the groups tear me apart, that’s the medicine I’ll have to take.  "I’m not Ted Kennedy.”

But then came Ted Kennedy’s single most demagogic moment on the Senate floor:........To Read More.....

My Take - I remember the Bork hearings and listening to Ted Kennedy tell everyone Judge Bork was too extreme for the Supreme court.  Ted Kennedy calling some else extreme - can you imagine?  And the media and the left thought that was the height of brilliance and courage. Ted Kennedy was a disgrace!  He as a disgrace for all of his life.  His father was a disgrace and so were his brothers JFK and Bobby.

As the years go by his "legacy" will be exposed for what it was - the irrational rantings of a drunken murderer and an uncompromising promoter of infanticide who led a privileged life without having to face the consequences for his actions.  It was a disgrace for the Catholic Church to bury this man - an unrepentant heretic - in the Church.  But at some point - we all have to face real justice and so will they. 

 

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