president trump is expected to announce his supreme court nominee shortly, at 9pm eastern.
Students at NYU have already denounced the candidate, not realizing that he (or she) had yet to be picked
Other recent GOP presidents have fared little better. Here's what Teddy Kennedy said when President Reagan nominated Robert Bork, who had been solicitor-general under both Nixon and Ford, and a law prof at Yale:
Within 45 minutes of Bork's nomination to the Court, Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) took to the Senate floor with a strong condemnation of Bork in a nationally televised speech, declaring:
"Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, and schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of thCe Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens."
I was rereading Patrick Buchanan's memoir of his days in the Nixon White House, which also contained a brief account of his (Buchanan's) interaction with the Ford Administration. Like many Nixon Staffers, Buchanan stayed on when Ford became president. When Al Haig stepped down as Ford's chief of staff (to become Nato commander), Rumsfeld (yes, that Rumsfeld) became chief of staff and Buchanan was pushed out in a purge. Rumsfeld said Cheney (yes, that Cheney) did it, Cheney said it was all Rumsfeld. From the memoir:
At the end of 1975, when my book came out (my note: Conservative Votes, Liberal Victories: Why the Right has Failed, which was published by a NYT imprint), leaving some of my former White House colleagues estranged, President Ford invited me and a dozen columnists and commentators to the Oval Office. He said that Justice John Paul Stevens, just confirmed in a unanimous Senate vote, would be the kind of nominee he would select in the future, nominees both parties could support. Which is when I called John Sears to tell him I was with Reagan.
John Paul Stevens was a solid liberal. There's nothing wrong with picking nominees both parties can support, provided both parties do it. But when was the last time a Democrat nominated a centrist let alone a conservative? Probably 1962 when JFK nominated Byron White.