Blocking a president's Supreme Court nominee was an unpopular decision and was hard to defend. ... But protecting kids from porn - that was easy. It gave Southern Democrats cover for defying their president. It gave Republicans cover to not appear partisan.
Thurmond arranged a movie screening for his colleagues, who in private forgot their horror, laughing, shouting crudities, at the images projected on the wall - until they screened a print, seized during a 1967 raid on the University of Michigan campus, of the underground polysexual art film Flaming Creatures, which received less glowing reviews: "I was so sick, I couldn't even get aroused," one senator said - acknowleding publicly for the first time that shocked, shocked senators sometimes got aroused, too.
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