I have just finished watching the final debate on the Senate floor prior to the vote against Bork as a Supreme Court justice, and can't help but agree with Fein that in spite of the hyperbole on both sides, the confirmation hearings were an exercise in reasonable government where both sides had an ample opportunity to present their points of view. The final vote reflected the will of the American people and was an affirmation of the democratic process.
The view of the pro-Bork senators that this defeat represented an unwholesome victory by "special interest" groups is an insult to every American who studied the issue and felt strongly enough to contact senators, contribute money and discuss their feelings with others.
As a member of a "special interest group" (the majority of citizens of the United States), I feel vindicated by the 58 to 42 rejection of Bork. I believe that the individual rights inherent in the Constitution, which have been so carefully articulated during the past 200 years, are of paramount importance to the future of our country.
There will undoubtedly be more whining on the part of the losers along with dire predictions of a politicized judiciary, but the fact remains that the system works and an individual deemed unsuitable for a position on our highest court was rejected. This is cause for rejoicing.