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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Robert Bork

Posted by on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Borked.

 

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That's a shame...
Posted by I Got Nuthin' on December 19, 2012 at 7:31 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 2
Good thing that Christmas is around the corner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmaMfXwlq…
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 19, 2012 at 7:34 AM · Report this
sloegin 3
Everyone will remember the Supreme Court rejection, nobody will remember his role in the Saturday Night Massacre. RIP.
Posted by sloegin on December 19, 2012 at 7:45 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 4
Finally some good news.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 19, 2012 at 7:48 AM · Report this
5
Good riddance to bearded rubbish.
Posted by gloomy gus on December 19, 2012 at 7:50 AM · Report this
roddy 6
Sic transit merda mundi.
Posted by roddy http://www.washingtonunited.org on December 19, 2012 at 7:52 AM · Report this
amateurlawprof 8
And had he not Borked the nomination process, Obama would have had a nomination and there would be a new 5-4.
Posted by amateurlawprof http://theamateurlawprofessor.com/ on December 19, 2012 at 7:59 AM · Report this
seatackled 9
If only he'd been carrying a gun.
Posted by seatackled on December 19, 2012 at 8:02 AM · Report this
10
Enjoyable to think how the bitterness of not being confirmed must have been heightened by the intellectual non-entity that took 'his' seat. Also nice to know that he got to live a good long time stewing in that bitterness.

For all its ills today, America would be a far worse place if he'd been put on the court.
Posted by moretent on December 19, 2012 at 8:03 AM · Report this
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@8: Meanwhile, no Planned Parenthood v. Casey, no Romer v. Evans, no Lawrence v. Texas, no Boumediene v. Bush, no ...

With Bork on the Supreme Court, the progress of gay rights alone would have been delayed at least 10 years. Anthony Kennedy ain't perfect, but the country dodged a bullet by borking Bork.
Posted by BABH on December 19, 2012 at 8:08 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 12
@ 3, they should, because it was his role as triggerman in the Saturday Night Massacre that led to his rejection by the Senate. But of course the right managed to easily spin the myth that it was solely for his views, conveniently forgetting how the similarly-viewed Antonin Scalia sailed through his confirmation just a year earlier.
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 19, 2012 at 8:14 AM · Report this
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@10: "Intellectual non-entity"?!? He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law. I suppose you were summa?
Posted by BABH on December 19, 2012 at 8:15 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 14
@ 11, I wonder what kind of court we would have had if Douglas Ginsberg wasn't forced to withdraw his nomination for smoking pot. All I remember about him was that he was the guy they originally found in place of Bork. In and out of the news, just like that.
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 19, 2012 at 8:17 AM · Report this
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Bork is dead.

Long live Bjork!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urrbhgC8P…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on December 19, 2012 at 8:35 AM · Report this
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@13. All horsepower, no steering wheel. See 2008-12 financial crisis, primarily driven by similarly well educated folks.
Posted by moretent on December 19, 2012 at 8:38 AM · Report this
Posted by Rob in Baltimore http://www.wishbookweb.com/ on December 19, 2012 at 8:44 AM · Report this
Asparagus! 18
@8

His potential seat was filled by Kennedy, so, yeah Kennedy sucks, but Bork would have been way worse.
Posted by Asparagus! on December 19, 2012 at 8:52 AM · Report this
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And so, of course, the ensuing 30 years of "incivility" in Washington are all our fault.
Posted by Pope Buck I on December 19, 2012 at 8:53 AM · Report this
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@14: Ginsburg is a Chicago School law & econ loon who coined the term "Constitution in Exile." His record on the DC Circuit is not super-ideological (actually as Chief Judge of the Circuit he was quite conciliatory), but you can bet that on the Supreme Court he would have had less restraint.
Posted by BABH on December 19, 2012 at 8:57 AM · Report this
Fnarf 22
Good riddance.

He goes back further than the Saturday Night Massacre. He was part of Goldwater's Brains Trust, and persuaded Goldwater to vote "no" on the Civil Rights Act on "Constitutional" grounds -- grounds that left him aping the words of Plessy v Ferguson. Bork was a different kind of segregationist than James Eastland or George Wallace, but a segregationist he nonetheless was.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on December 19, 2012 at 9:38 AM · Report this
this guy I know in Spokane 23
Better late than never.
Posted by this guy I know in Spokane on December 19, 2012 at 9:38 AM · Report this
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@21: In the first place, there's a difference between undergrad and law school. If you graduate in the top 10% of your Harvard Law School class (or your Podunk Law School class, for that matter), you are a smart cookie.

In the second, the Bushes, even in the third generation, are smarter than you think (though it's probably fair to call G.W. an "intellectual non-entity").
Posted by BABH on December 19, 2012 at 9:53 AM · Report this
25
To quote the earth justice promo, "The Earth Needs a Good Lawyer."
Posted by moretent on December 19, 2012 at 9:54 AM · Report this
Fnarf 26
@24, smart people do stupid things all the time. How many Ivy League degrees were there among the fellows who started the Vietnam War? Or the Iraq War?
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on December 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM · Report this
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@26: Of course they do. Your point? The issue here is whether Justice Kennedy is a lightweight. I maintain that he is not, even though he makes mistakes, and even though I disagree with him most of the time.
Posted by BABH on December 19, 2012 at 10:20 AM · Report this
Fnarf 28
And my point is that "lightweight" is not a meaningful distinction. I think I'm agreeing with you, but hey, if you want to argue, carry on. I'll be in the other room.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on December 19, 2012 at 11:18 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 29
I'm sure he's enjoying Krumpmas with Satan.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on December 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 30
@26 Usually with a political motivation. But I contend anyone who believes myths and superstitions are indeed facts, isn't suited to a job with anymore authority than a preacher. G.W. should have been a preacher.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 31
Roasting marshmallows with the Devil, I assume, talking about Hell being a perfectly unfettered state of libertarianism and objectivism where everyone is perfectly free to sear however they see fit and how it isn't the government's responsibility to provide water.
Posted by Bauhaus I on December 19, 2012 at 2:52 PM · Report this
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I was too small to be sentient at the time of Bork's nomination. Reading the NYT obituary of him ( http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/us/rob… ) all I can think is, WOW what a piece of shit. Just like Scalia only, if anything, worse. The fact that he went on to write a book that decried egalitarianism makes me shudder. Thanks so much, Ted Kennedy, Arlen Specter and all the others who kept this guy off the court.

The rot in this man's intellect was astounding. It's clear to me that he was not only lacking in compassion, he was arrogant and prejudiced to the point of being hateful.
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on December 19, 2012 at 9:38 PM · Report this

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