Reagan on O’Connor’s Nomination
Vanity Fair has excerpts of President Reagan’s diaries. This entry, from July 6, 1981, is pretty neat:
Mon. July 6 • Nancy’s birthday. Called Judge O’Connor in Ariz. & told her she was my nominee for Supreme Ct. Already the flack is starting & from my own supporters. Rite to Life people say she’s pro-abortion. She declares abortion is personally repugnant to her. I think she’ll make a good Justice.
Does this mean that Reagan didn’t ask O’Connor about her judicial views about abortion (or know them) before nominating her?
[Update: Wow, I’m late to the party on this. See, e.g., Jack Balkin two weeks ago!]