A new ad by the liberal group MoveOn.Org that features video of President Ronald Reagan urging the senate to confirm his choice of Anthony Kennedy for a Supreme Court vacancy.
"The time is now right... to join together in a bipartisan effort to fulfill our constitutional obligation of restoring the United States Supreme Court to full strength," Reagan said.
The ad titled "1988" is intended to support arguments against delaying confirmation of a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia until a new president is chosen. But it bends the calendar a bit to make the point since Reagan made his remarks on November 12, 1987. It also ignores that Kennedy was Reagan's third choice. Robert Bork was rejected by the Democratic-controlled senate and Douglas Ginsberg withdrew from consideration after his marijuana use was revealed.
But the MoveOn.org ad does make the point that Sen. Mitch McConnell, who now leads the senate, voted on February 3, 1988 -- an election year -- to confirm Justice Kennedy.