The Calm After the Storm

Why Washington canceled a showdown over the new Supreme Court nominee

Minutes after Ronald Reagan nominated Robert Bork in 1987, Senator Edward Kennedy charged onto the Senate floor and thundered that the ascension of the conservative judge to the Supreme Court would be the end of America as we know it. Kennedy's blast set the tone for that doomed nomination, so White House officials felt no small amount of relief last week at the reception that John Roberts received when he made his trip into the liberal lion's den. Roberts emerged from Kennedy's office with his hide intact--and a map of Ireland. Sure enough, Kennedy had been assembling every scrap of information...

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