The last paragraph is particularly instructive.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) declared that President Obama should not nominate a successor this year and that the decision should be left for the next president. “We have 80 years of precedent of not confirming Supreme Court Justices in an election year,” he said.
CBS’ John Dickerson then pressed Cruz on whether anyone has been confirmed in an election year, pointing to current Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s confirmation in 1988. Cruz appeared confused.
“No, Kennedy was confirmed in ’87,” the senator, who was once a Supreme Court clerk, said.
Dickerson quickly corrected him. “He was appointed in ’87, confirmed in ’88. Is it appointing or confirming?,” he asked, leaving Cruz momentarily stunned.
“I just want to get the facts straight for the audience,” Dickerson continued, prompting boos.
Kennedy was nominated on November 30, 1987, when Reagan had less than a year remaining in his presidency. He was every bit the lame duck Obama is today.
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., said: ”I’m glad the President has made his choice. We will get the process under way and move as rapidly as is prudent. We want to conduct the committee’s review with both thoroughness and dispatch.”
Kennedy was confirmed on February 3 by a 97-0 vote. Or so the liberal media claims.