“Finally, I grabbed his shoulders,” Rudman wrote. “‘David, I know what you’re going through,’ I declared. ‘It’s outrageous what they’re doing to you. But it’s your destiny to serve on the Supreme Court. I’ve believed in that for a long time. Don’t let them get to you.’”
After five hours of emotional conversation, Souter decided to push on.
Souter said Rudman was like a brother to him.
“A man is incomparably lucky to have had a friend that close who stood for what the founders of the American republic staked its future on,” Souter said in a statement yesterday.