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Harry Reid, Fabulist

In an op-ed in today’s Washington Post, Democratic leader Harry Reid claims that Senate Democrats “always guaranteed Supreme Court nominees a fair hearing and a floor vote.” Yes, believe it or not, that’s the same Senator Reid who voted in 2006 in support of an attempt to filibuster the nomination of Justice Alito. That filibuster attempt won the support of 25 Democratic senators (a majority of the caucus), including some names you might recognize in the current fight: Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Patrick Leahy, Chuck Schumer, and Dick Durbin.

Anyone who observed the Democrats’ borking of Judge Bork in 1987 would also hotly dispute Reid’s claim that Bork received a “fair hearing.” (Joe Biden, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was a lead offender.)

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