(CNN)The days of relative anonymity are over for President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court. A Washington firestorm is already growing around Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative federal appeals court judge.
Her every public statement, personal financial decision, college-era escapade, academic opinion, religious belief, political comment and judicial ruling will come under searing scrutiny. And the usual ordeal of Senate confirmation hearings will be even more intense this time around, since it occurs at a moment of extraordinary political stress.
Bork wasn't confirmed in the end. But the seeds were sown of a fierce fight for control of the Supreme Court, in which conservatives are now emerging victorious.
Bork was a critic of a Supreme Court case, Griswold v. Connecticut, which paved the way to legalize birth control. In fiery hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Biden challenged the nominee on what he understood to be Bork's belief that such rulings are invalid because the Constitution does not distinguish between individual rights that it does not specifically identify.
"I mean isn't that what you're saying?" Biden asks above. "No, I'm not entirely but I'll straighten it out," Bork responds, explaining that he believed legislators, not judges, should decide such questions. (Sept. 15, 1987)
'Enough is enough. You have created enough troubles for the world already'
Finally some answers
Most readers cheated and looked the answers up.
However, even those who relied purely on their wits to identify the style and message of the speeches got quote #1 right: The president who described the world as "one big family" and warned against "the trap of 'clash of civilizations'" was China's Xi Jinping.
"Without looking, I only guessed Xi's words correctly. It is the type of language the Soviets used, without mentioning that the peace must come in their terms," wrote Heikki in Finland.
It was Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who accused the US of putting "the foot of arrogance on the neck of independent nations" in quote #2. Several readers incorrectly guessed this might be Russian President Vladimir Putin, and one French reader confessed she thought it might be the dramatic flourish of French President Emmanuel Macron.
"I cheated and looked up the speeches," wrote Carol in the US. "Most important to me, I wanted to read entirely Trump's words. His speech (#3) was - of course - brag, blame, brag."
And quote #4 -- "When elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled flat" -- was in fact Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's warning to greater powers about rising geopolitical tensions. Readers also guessed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Speaking perhaps for her fellow readers, Kathy in Pennsylvania declined to make any guess, but observed, "Watching the UN do something is like watching grass grow. A lot of US citizens are not interested in what's going on around the world. Hence, America First. It's hard enough trying to figure out what's going on living in Trumpville USA."
"Maybe if we were in normal times, or maybe if we weren't leading the charge with the worst pandemic deaths, or maybe if picking a Supreme Court Justice didn't have the intrigue of a spy novel, the average citizen would focus on the UN, which is a pretty important body in the big picture view," she added.