GOP Supreme Court nominees have become lightning rods for over-the-top attacks ever since Sen. Ted Kennedy’s 1987 pre-emptive broadside against President Ronald Reagan’s Supreme Court choice, Judge Robert Bork. But the scorched-earth assault launched against President Trump’s choice for the High Court may set a new record for wild, unsubstantiated slams.
Perhaps that’s because the stakes are so high. It’s been widely noted that replacing swing-vote Justice Anthony Kennedy with Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old thought to be a staunch conservative, could alter the court’s current ideological balance for decades to come.
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