I know, I know, a l o n g headline, but a very important historical point about the current make-up of the supreme court and how had one vote been different way back when, this outcome on same-sex marriage may not have happened.
Let's take a trip in the Wayback Machine to 1986 when then President Reagan had a supreme court vacancy.
Mr. Reagan decided to nominate a very capable person by the name of Robert Bork to fill that vacancy.
Who is Robert Bork you may ask?
At the time he was nominated to fill the vacancy, he was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He was nominated and confirmed by the senate in 1982.
Forward six years later and Judge Bork was asked to fill the vacancy due to the retirement of then Justice Lewis Powell.
So far, seems OK. I mean, the president no matter who or she is has a right to nominate who they see fit to be on the highest court in the land.
NO, NO, NO!!!
Not to the left.
Only they have the right to nominate who they want and everyone should just fall in line and glowingly approve.
Even before Mr. Reagan nominated Judge Bork, senate Democrat liberals decided to oppose any nominee to the supreme court that would actually turn the court to an originalist direction.
And Judge Bork was in the cross hairs of people like the late Sen. Ted BURP! Kennedy and his ilk.
Right from the beginning.
Sen. BURP! Kennedy took to the senate floor to denounce Judge Bork in unbelievable hostility, hypocrisy and hatred. This is what the lady killer from Massachusetts had to say about Judge Bork from Wikipedia:
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, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is—and is often the only—protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy ... President Reagan is still our president. But he should not be able to reach out from the muck of Irangate, reach into the muck of Watergate and impose his reactionary vision of the Constitution on the Supreme Court and the next generation of Americans. No justice would be better than this injustice.
Of course I would have loved to know his Blood Alcohol Count when he delivered this stem winder of hate.
It was a coordinated assault on Judge Bork that Team Reagan never saw coming and never recovered. It was a beginning of television ads from such Hollywood stalwarts as Gregory Peck urging people to call their senators and have them vote against Judge Bork.
Thus Judge Bork was voted down in the senate, 42-58. And of course with six RINO's* to help make it bipartisan, you know. They were John Chafee, John Warner, Robert Stafford, Bob Packwood, Arlen Specter, and Lowell Weicker. RINOs one and all.
As an aside, a couple of names do pop out.
John Chafee, was the daddy of the current governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee. Hey, at least the son no longer has a pretense that he is a Republican. He ran for and is an independent. But according to reports is going to dance over to the Dems when he runs for reelection.
And of course Arlen Specter. Such a RINO that he went over to the Dems when he thought he would be treated like a king. Only to see actual Democrat voters want a real Democrat when he tried to run for reelection in 2010.
Back to point.
Now with Judge Bork out of the way, Team Reagan needed to go to the bench. And they had to be careful. And they were not.
Mr. Reagan nominated one Douglas Ginsburg to the vacancy.
Unlike one William Jefferson Blythe Clinton, Judge Ginsburg did inhale the wacky tabaccy. Mary Jane. Weed. The Devil's Weed.
That's right. Judge Ginsburg did imbibe in the herbolic refreshment known as marijuana. And it was not just in college.
You see, back then marijuana was kind of still seen as not a good thing. Especially in politics and in the judiciary.
Well, Team Reagan knew that they had to nominate a non-ideological candidate with an impeccable personal record.
And that, my friends, is how we ended up with one Anthony Kennedy, a little-known judge from the notoriously left-wing United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Yes, we on the right can and do blame the lady killer from Massachusetts, Sen. Ted BURP! Kennedy and his fellow travellers for derailing the nomination of Judge Bork. And by extension, I will blame him and his ilk for approving the infliction of Justice Kennedy on the supreme court.
Why does this matter?
It does not really, per se. But it should have taught Republicans something.
The left, they play hard-ass ball. They play to win. They do not care how they do it. Yes, I will write it. They see it as perfectly OK to lie, cheat and steal to pursue their agenda. When it came time for Ronald Reagan to leave a conservative imprint on the supreme court, they made sure THAT would not happen.
Because that could never happen. Liberalism must be allowed to march unimpeded.
The lesson that way to many Republicans don't get is that you can not work with these people. They never, ever give up until they get what they want. The liberal idea of bipartisan is agree with us. And if not, well give you a little window dressing. But really, agree with us and help us push through the liberal agenda.
Even one Sen. Marco Rubio has fallen into this trap with the so-called "comprehensive" immigration bill.
That is why many of us love guys like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Tim Scott (R-SC). Governors like Bobby Jindal in Louisiana or Rick Perry in Texas. There are others, but these are people tired of being rolled time and time again by the left and their fellow-travelling Republicans that have no testicles.
Now, I don't care what you think about same-sex marriage, again per se. But it was a divided court that ruled on the issue. And with little clarity only inviting more legal challenges.
And leading that was Anthony Kennedy, a third-stringer adjudicating like one.
That is why it is important to know how we got to this time in American history.