As the new ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will Sen. Jeff Sessions (in photo), R-Ala., be tempted to settle some old scores in the process of dealing with President Obama's first nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court? Sessions saw his own nomination to the federal bench by President Reagan go down in committee 23 years ago. In the process, reported the Washington Post, "a career Justice Department lawyer testified that Sessions had once called the NAACP an 'un-American' group, while another raised issues about remarks Sessions made about the Ku Klux Klan," and Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., called Sessions "a throwback to a shameful era." Sessions told Fox News that he let Obama know the Republicans on the committee would treat any nominee "with respect and give him or her a fair hearing."
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