"I'm not prepared to decide that," said Bork, "but the judicial filibuster is ordinarily to be avoided."
This is not a man who gives Democratic nominees the benefit of the doubt, or one who has forgiven the senators who blocked his nomination 23 years ago. (Heck, would you?) He can do one of two things -- point out that a combative hearing scares off qualified nominees, or demand that future nominees get the same treatment he got. So, typically, he does both.
So definitely expect to hear this again. Republicans feel they they've opened up a new front, and they have the high ground.
With Specter no longer facing the constraints of seeking reelection, the former prosecutor is free to go out in a blaze of glory by sticking to principle and demanding that Kagan fill in the many holes in her notoriously thin record. Along with senators like Blanche Lincoln and Ben Nelson, Specter joins the ranks of Democrats most likely to vote against Kagan’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
I don't think this issue has legs -- clearly, as most of us expected, the "Kagan banned the military from Harvard" line is the one conservatives have loaded their cannons with. But the path from Roberts to Kagan is riddled with amusing little double standards.
Pat Buchanan's column on Elena Kagan is a pretty typical mix of bad faith and racial scare-mongering, but the tone is so strange that it's getting some pushback.