Originally Posted by Lazarus
Itís very hard to find the truth
Indeede. "Politics ain't beanbag."* Things happen for multiple reasons. Democratic members of Congress had learned to despise, distrust, and fear the very partisan Bork (partisanship is a two-way street!).
* About the author of the beanbag quip, from Wikipedia:
Finley Peter Dunne (July 10, 1867ĖApril 24, 1936) was a Chicago-based U.S. author, writer and humorist. He wrote Mr. Dooley in Peace and War in 1898. "Mr. Dooley" became one of the first nationally syndicated newspaper features. Set in a South Side Chicago Irish pub, Mr. Dooley, the owner and bartender, would expound upon political and social issues of the day, using the thick verbiage and accent of an Irish immigrant. Dunne's sly humor and political acumen won the support of President Theodore Roosevelt, a frequent target of Mr. Dooley's barbs. <Ed: no "you're with us or you're against us" from Republican T Roosevelt--go Teddy!>
Dunne was a charter member of a social circle of Chicago writers who frequently lampooned and competed with their New York City colleagues in pranks and outlandish stunts. He coined numerous political quips over the years. He is perhaps best known today as the originator of the aphorism "politics ain't beanbag".
Dunne was a friend of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), with whom he played billiards, smoked cigars and drank. He was a member of Twain's "Damned Human Race Luncheon Club."
He coined the word "southpaw" for a left-handed baseball pitcher while covering sports in Chicago in the 1880's. Home plate in the Chicago ball park was then to the west, so that a left-handed pitcher released the ball from the "paw", or hand, on the south side. The word soon came to describe any left-hander. (QPB Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson ).
Some fine quotes form Mr Dunne (many more on Wikipedia--these were my faves):
"Swearing was invented as a compromise between running away and fighting."
"Alcohol is necessary for a man so that now and then he can have a good opinion of himself, undisturbed by the facts."
"Among men, Hennessy, wet eye means dry heart."
"The best husbands stay bachelors; they're too considerate to get married."
"High finance isn't burglary or obtaining money by false pretenses, but rather a judicious selection from the best features of those fine arts."
"One of the strangest things about life is that the poor, who need money the most, are the very ones that never have it."
"Like most poets, preachers, and metaphysicians, he burst into conclusion at a spark of evidence."
"A lie with a purpose is one of the worst kind, and the most profitable."
(A little learnin' with the opinionatin' seems like a good deal