Whistlestop travels to Robert Bork’s SCOTUS confirmation hearing in September 1987

In 1987, Judge Bork’s Nomination Process Was Not Smooth Sailing

In 1987, Judge Bork’s Nomination Process Was Not Smooth Sailing

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
Sept. 5 2018 6:58 PM

The Nomination of Judge Bork, Part 2

President Reagan saw Judge Bork as a clear choice for the Supreme Court, but it wasn’t quite so clear to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to Sept. 15, 1987 and into the Kennedy Caucus Room where was Associate Justice nominee Robert Bork begins his five days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald with help from Elizabeth Hinson. Engineering by Allen Peng.

John Dickerson is a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.