(CNSNews.com) - President Bill Clinton nominated Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court in June 1993. She was confirmed two months later by a vote of 96 to 3, and not a single senator asked her about her ten years litigating cases for the ACLU, she said in an appearance on Thursday.
"I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back to the way it -- the way it was," Ginsburg told a gathering at the George Washington University Law School.
She said the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh show how partisan the process has become:
"How would you compare the process that you went through with what's going on today?" the moderator asked Ginsburg:
"The way it was, was right. The way it is, is wrong," she said, drawing applause from the audience.
The atmosphere in '93 was truly bipartisan. The vote on my confirmation was 96 to 3 -- even though I had spent about 10 years of my life litigating cases under the auspices of the ACLU and I was on the ACLU board as one of their general counsels.
My White House handlers asked me questions about my ACLU affiliation. They were very nervous about it. And I said forget it, just forget it. Nothing you can do would lead me to badmouth the ACLU.
And not a single question -- no senator asked me any question, not about that.
It was the same for Justice Breyer, who was nominated a year later. He had in the 90s, the numbers. [Breyer was confirmed 87-9.]
Or think of Justice Scalia, who was certainly a known character in, what was it, 1986? He had been a law professor and written many things; he had been on the D.C. Circuit. The vote was unanimous. Every Democrat and every Republican voted for him.
But that's the way it should be instead of what it's become -- a highly partisan show. The Republicans move in lock step, so do the Democrats.
I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back to the way it -- the way it was.