I remember watching these events unfold around me and being so disillusioned. But of course I never dreamed of the ramifications.
How ‘Robert Bork’s America’ Gave Us Justice Kennedy’s America
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It would go down in history as Sen. Edward Kennedy’s “Robert Bork’s America” speech.
Judge Bork, a brilliant constitutional scholar, had been nominated by President Reagan to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat who chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, was having none of it.
Just minutes after Bork was nominated in July 1987, Kennedy took to the floor of the Senate to deliver his vitriol: