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Thanks to Concerned Women for America for this:

[I]t is our responsibility as members of the [Judiciary] Committee … in advising and consenting, that we are challenged to ascertain the qualifications and the training and the experience and the judgment of a nominee, and that it is not our responsibility to test out the nominee’s particular philosophy, whether we agree or disagree. (Sen. Ted Kennedy, Committee on The Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Hearing on Nomination of Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court, July 19, 1967)

Gee, Teddy was far more cautious back then than any of us are today about the questioning of Roberts. Now, Kennedy demands answers to all kinds of specific questions he promises to ask. But, then again, he never was very good at getting his story straight.


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