Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Remembering Teddy Kennedy

From the man himself, on the Senate floor, 1987, during the Senate confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork:
"Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back alley abortions, blacks would sit in segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of government, and the doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of million of citizens."
Hat tip: James Taranto, who has more:

"This was a slanderous attack on a good man. But it was effective, both tactically and strategically. The Senate voted down Bork's nomination, and the justice confirmed in his stead, Anthony Kennedy (no relation), has tipped the balance in more than a few cases toward the side Sen. Kennedy favored.

By his own lights, Ted Kennedy was right to oppose Bork's confirmation. Whatever the legal merits, there is little doubt that Bork's jurisprudential approach would have yielded fewer decisions consistent with Kennedy's idea of justice. But even those who accept that concept of justice ought to regret Kennedy's demagoguery. Common decency ought to count for something too."
Discussion here.

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