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We're back with continuing coverage of confirmation hearings of the Supreme Court nominee judge Sonia Sotomayor and as you may know by now.
Judge Sotomayor has been on the receiving end of some criticism from a number of Republicans.
They should really -- -- any surprise the confirmation hearings are contentious but so far it's been nowhere near the 1987 confirmation hearings of former federal appeals judge Robert Bork he was nominated by -- President Reagan and his hearings basically wrote the book.
On -- that a bitter partisan fighting over a nominee.
It all started with this famous statement from the Massachusetts democratic Senator Ted Kennedy -- Robert Bork's America is a land of which women would be forced -- back Alley abortions.
Blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters.
Rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids.
And schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution right as an artist would be censured at the whim of government.
Everybody told me that was so far not to bother responding because it was so horrible that -- the -- -- me rather -- hurt me.
It was quite wrong because they kept -- up did you did you think that that you're that you're definitely should respond before.
Knowing I was reviled relying upon people -- journalists them room.
And administration people and shouldn't just over the top so don't worry about it.
But they kept doing it and them than the national press campaigns -- to -- national political campaign started.
Press and so forth on radio television on on them newspapers and so on without response from -- So that after awhile.
A lot of -- stuff start.
The document -- the beginning of being -- That statement from senator Kenny was actually on the senate floor some thirty to forty minutes after judge Bork's name was first mentioned as a possibility for this court.
He was of course ultimately rejected by the United States senate and he is -- -- now the lawyer law professor and author Robert -- surrogate talk do you think -- Every review I suspect that since those days they've begun to give different advice on such things and and I wondered if you thought.
Judge sotomayor's opening statement today might reflect some wisdom gained in in 1987.
Well yes I think it was very carefully crafted.
And that in fact that's -- we're everybody you know I think.
It was the first that this sort of oil worker.
The administration to become a lot.
Of -- seventy and -- what -- if you.
Over these people doing the.
I wonder if you think we the people are very well served by this sold.
Stage crafted -- which we have now it is not to say that they are making their points about their views on the law and those on the left and those on the right.
But but but it just feels like more of a show now than anything else after all there's nothing Republicans can do here she's going to be the next Supreme Court justice.
Look good and in fact -- what.
The outcome of these things is often has little to do with.
What people -- -- hearing.
They were so you -- hearings that they able pogo law -- -- bigger government report.
Then when they get confirmed.
They immediately upload -- certainly give up.
I remember during that the most recent campaign season things seem to be staged in just that same way.
People on the left saying that about Republicans people on the right saying that about Democrats.
And here we have this entire show where people have been taught how to not completely answer the question therefore not aggravating to many people and I wonder if you thing.
That serves much of a purpose in this in this day and the -- Maybe some people in the public begin to wonder about what they want it was good.
Because we have Republicans fairly clear in his -- mind about.
The new book so you -- -- -- of course they don't want a good -- of the law.
On the other hand yes and about particular things -- -- -- would put -- in the constitution.
To judge -- she'll be replacing a liberal obviously not on the panel.
Not not much about the complexity of this court we'll change it all -- suspect -- or might something be different.
I don't think -- I've heard people say that this.
-- looked good shooter but I don't know what they're being.
And history tells us we're not even sure of what we know.
Not until not until she gets on that court you don't judge Bork it's great to talk to you thanks so much -- so how.
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