President Barack Obama is pressing Republicans to stop obstructing federal judicial nominees, protesting the delays in private conversations with senators and in public declarations by administration officials.
Robert Bork, the U.S. judge and legal scholar whose nomination to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan set off a battle for the judiciary that lived on long after the U.S. Senate rejected him, has died. He was 85.
You know you are entering the wacky world of a judicial confirmation hearing when failed Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork pops up to trash the current nominee, Elena Kagan , as being insufficiently “mellow.”
The grown-ups (i.e., voters) will tell you, of course, that they don’t care who started it: They want it to stop. But there can be no truce in the nastiness of recent years between Democrats and Republicans until Joe Nocera apologizes for his New York Times column last week blaming it all on the Democrats.
Former federal judge Robert Bork , whose failed 1987 nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court ignited a partisan battle, said Elena Kagan isn’t qualified for the high court because she has activist leanings and lacks a “mature” view of the law.
In the annals of failed nominees -- from Robert Bork and Tony Lake to Kimba Wood and John Tower -- Susan Rice's "withdrawal" from consideration for a nomination that was never actually made would rate as an asterisk.