"It is offensive to suggest that a potential justice of the Supreme Court must pass some presumed test of judicial philosophy. It is even more offensive to suggest that a potential justice must pass the litmus test of any single-issue interest group. The disturbing tactics of division and distortion and discrimination practiced by the extremists of the new right have no place in these hearings and no place in the nation's democracy."
Any guesses? That's right, it was Senator Ted Kennedy, during Sandra Day O'Connor's confirmation hearings 24 years ago. It will be most interesting to watch Teddy's consistency.