Last night at the GOP debate, moderator John Dickerson attempted to “fact-check” Ted Cruz for something he said. That quickly earned him well-deserved boos from the audience.
Dickerson asked Cruz about where he draws the line when it comes to making Supreme Court appointments during a presidential election year.
Cruz noted that “we have 80 years of precedent of not confirming Supreme Court justices in an election year.”
Dickerson shot back that Anthony Kennedy was confirmed in 1988.
In response to that, Cruz said that, no, Kennedy was confirmed in 1987.
Dickerson, digging deeper, said that Kennedy was actually nominated in 1987 but confirmed in 1988.
That’s when the audience booed. Even Cruz seemed to be taken aback.
Dickerson deserved to be booed.
Why? Because Kennedy was President Ronald Reagan’s third choice for the high court. His first two (one of whom was Robert Bork) were defeated by the Senate.
So Kennedy’s appointment is nothing like the current situation.
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