Sunday, November 20, 2016

Borking Sessions

For John, BLUFIt looks like it is going to be an ugly few months ahead of us.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

It is The Weekly Standard and the Reporter is Mr Mark Hemingway.

Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama was being considered for a Cabinet post by the Trump Transition Team.  This ended up with a press release saying he would be nominated for Attorney General.  This has resulted in opponents raising the issue of racism on the part of Senator Sessions.  The article explores that issue.

The best line in this article is the last sentence in this paragraph:

However, it's worth noting that Senator Ted Kennedy, on the Senate judiciary committee at the time, seemed heavily invested in tanking Sessions nomination.  The next year, Kennedy's crusade was to sink Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court, which has generally been regarded as a shameful smear campaign ever since.  The episode upended the comity that had previously existed between the Senate and the White House on Supreme Court nominations—Antonin Scalia was approved to the court 98-0 the year before, the same year that Sessions was filleted by Kennedy and Democrats on the judiciary committee.  Perhaps Sessions was a trial run for "Borking."
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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