The point made by this meme is all over the Internet and, apparently believed by some of those who tend to be more middle of the road....
Here are the Facts!
July 1, 1987; 45 minutes later - the despicable Senator Ted Kennedy said on national TV, broadcast to all and sundry:
"Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens."
And the Republicans have always been a day late and a dollar short in terms of using the media effectively.
Kennedy's vicious and untrue slander affected the nation and the Democrats, led by Joe Biden, viciously rejected Robert Bork.
Then President Reagan picked a mildly Conservative Judge (and his record has born that out - more Liberal than Conservative but - middle of the road which appeared to be the Fair and Right thing to do at the time) - Anthony Kennedy on November 30th, 1987 (Still NOT an election year).
He was confirmed on February 3rd, 1988 - well BEFORE the 1st Presidential Primary on Feb. 16th and even before every caucus (Kansas and Michigan started before Feb 3rd but Ended after Feb 3rd).
"....At the same time the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Alan Cranston of California, the party whip, urged colleagues in a letter to form a ''solid phalanx'' of opposition if the President's nominee was an ideological extremist. Some Democrats in Congress are worried that Mr. Reagan will nominate a conservative who will be committed to overturning Supreme Court decisions on abortion and other issues...."
BYRD SAYS BORK NOMINATION WOULD FACE SENATE TROUBLE
NYTIMES.COM|BY BY JONATHAN FUERBRINGER, SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK TIMES
It's not healthy.