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The Specter of Statesmanship



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From last night’s Newshour: We haven’t gotten a nominee yet. If people don’t like the nominee, there’s plenty of time to respond later. You have the interest groups where they’re touting $20 million on each side and from my point of view I think it is totally counter-productive.

We in the Senate realize how important this is. No one needs to remind us. And back in 1987, when Judge (Robert) Bork was up for confirmation hearings, and I was awakened one morning when the famous movie actor Gregory Peck appeared on a commercial, a radio commercial and was criticizing Judge Bork, it almost made me change my vote.



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