Larry Tribe’s (Belated) Mea Culpa
Prompted by Vice President Joe Biden’s recent announcement that he would not be a candidate for president in 2016, I was reminded of an episode from the past, when Biden chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1987. Ronald Reagan was in the White House; Robert Bork had not yet been nominated for the Supreme Court. In February 1987, President Reagan nominated my friend, University of San Diego law professor Bernard H. Siegan to the Ninth Circuit. In a dress rehearsal for what was later to become known as “borking,” Biden and his liberal buddies in the legal establishment had a field day smearing Siegan. Harvard Law School professor Laurence H. Tribe paid a particularly ignominious role in this spectacle.
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