Asked how much he values getting along with Mikhail Gorbachev, Reagan
says, "Well, I wasn't going to give him a friendship ring or anything."
The Senate votes on whether to confirm William Rehnquist as Chief
Justice. The fact that he has made statements that were directly
contradicted by eyewitnesses of his past behavior, as well as several
signs of racist bias, manage to get him 33 negative votes; a record
number under the circumstances but not even close to rejection. The
Senate then approves Antonin Scalia to the vacant Supreme Court seat
with none of the close inspection given to Rehnquist, despite the fact
that he is just as ideologically far from center, voting 98 to zero.
One of Dan Quayle's advisers describes him as "the future standing
right up there."