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Robert Bork - dead at 85


jacko

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The death was announced yesterday of Robert Bork, one of the most right wing figures in US legal history.

Famously his nomination to the Supreme Court was voted down by the US Senate after a lengthy campaign against his nomination led by Ted Kennedy.

Kennedy (at his very best) said


"Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, [and] writers and artists would be censored at the whim of government.”

Postscript: Robert Bork, 1927-2012 : The New Yorker
 

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The death was announced yesterday of Robert Bork, one of the most right wing figures in US legal history.

Famously his nomination to the Supreme Court was voted down by the US Senate after a lengthy campaign against his nomination led by Ted Kennedy.

Kennedy (at his very best) said


"Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, [and] writers and artists would be censored at the whim of government.”

Postscript: Robert Bork, 1927-2012 : The New Yorker
What's with all the 'back-alley abortions' nonsense? Could they not fly to Liverpool?
 

slippy wicket

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Sounds like the very worst sort of social conservative.
It's a shame that the like of the anti choice movement are bankrolled by such yank regressive a.
 

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The death was announced yesterday of Robert Bork, one of the most right wing figures in US legal history.

Famously his nomination to the Supreme Court was voted down by the US Senate after a lengthy campaign against his nomination led by Ted Kennedy.

Kennedy (at his very best) said


"Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, [and] writers and artists would be censored at the whim of government.”

Postscript: Robert Bork, 1927-2012 : The New Yorker
Influenced by ronan Mullen I assume.

Regards...pity the worms
 

ottovonbismarck

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The death was announced yesterday of Robert Bork, one of the most right wing figures in US legal history.

Famously his nomination to the Supreme Court was voted down by the US Senate after a lengthy campaign against his nomination led by Ted Kennedy.

Kennedy (at his very best) said


"Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, [and] writers and artists would be censored at the whim of government.”

Postscript: Robert Bork, 1927-2012 : The New Yorker
Influenced by ronan Mullen I assume.

Regards...pity the worms
 

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The blistering criticism Bork got over his role in the Watergate scandal was actually rather unfair on the grizzly old bastard.

Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox had been appointed to investigate Watergate. At some point in late '72 or early '73 he requested that the White House Tapes be handed over by Nixon. Nixon said no. Cox insisted. It went back and forth until Nixon lost the head and ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Cox. In other words, the President ordered the top law enforcement officer in the land to fire the man who was constitutionally and legally carrying out a federal investigation into Nixon himself. It is almost beyond comprehension that Nixon thought he could ever get away with it. And it shows how scrambled his brain must have been in late 1973.

Richardson, having picked his jaw off the ground at the request, refused to fire Cox. Although appointed by Nixon, he essentially said to Nixon now: "Are you fking joking me?!" But Nixon didn't do joking. Richardson held his ground and Nixon fired him.

Nixon turned to Richardson's Number 2 at Justice, Rucleshaus, who also refused to carry out the order. Nixon fired him too. Underterred, Dick turned to the Number 3 - and this was Robert Bork. Nixon now offered him the job. They were dropping like flies, after all.

What Richardson, newly fired, did at this point was very wise and statesmanlike in hindsight. When Bork asked his ex-boss what he should do, Richardson told him to take the job and then do Nixon's bidding and sack Cox. His rationale was that there was now a major constitutional crisis, and the country had no AG. Nixon would have been asking the tea lady to be AG next. Richardson reasoned that if Cox was fired, at least that would be an end to it for the time being, but that remedy would come fast with the absolutely inevitable political end of Nixon. Dick would get away with the flagrant abuse of power and obstruction of Justice in the moment, but he'd be finished within weeks or months.

And so it turned out. Bork came in, fired Cox, and from that second on Nixon was toast. Absolutely no way back.

Unfortunately for Bork, he looked like a slimy hit-man who was prepared to execute a blatantly corrupt order for political gain (the AG's job). In reality, he'd taken the advice of the much admired Richardson, he'd done the right thing in terms of taking one for the team in order to right the ship, he'd aided Nixon in only the most superficial way...and yet he was pilloried.

Lots of reasons not to like Bork, but Watergate wasn't really one of them.
 

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The death was announced yesterday of Robert Bork, one of the most right wing figures in US legal history.

Famously his nomination to the Supreme Court was voted down by the US Senate after a lengthy campaign against his nomination led by Ted Kennedy.

Kennedy (at his very best) said


"Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, [and] writers and artists would be censored at the whim of government.”

Postscript: Robert Bork, 1927-2012 : The New Yorker
Bork spent the rest of his life playing the victim.
 

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The defeat of Bork is quite interesting. In it, Reagan ended up appointing a swing vote in Kennedy rather than a solid Conservative in the mould of Scalia. What's interesting is that had Reagan succeeded in the Bork nomination, the SC would be much more right wing than it is now - with Bork, Scalia, Roberts and Thomas and Alito in a fairly watertight Conservative majority and Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan and Sotomayor.

Assuming Bork remained on the bench until his death, then Obama would now have the first opportunity to really shift the direction of the Court.

As it is, Scalia and Kennedy will both turn 80 during Obama's second term, so getting the opportunity to replace either (or both) of them would offer him a real chance to shift the direction of the Court massively. Ginsburg seems the most likely to step down during his second term, and while replacing her with a liberal won't shift the Court's position as such, appointing the 'right' liberal to replace Ginsburg will be important. There's little indication that Obama will feel compelled to replace one liberal lion with another - John Paul Stevens was the real liberal lion of the SC and his replacement was a much more moderate proposition. Ginsburg's replacement will depend, I think, on whether Obama thinks he can get the chance to shift the Court's direction. If he thinks he'll have a chance to replace either Kennedy or Scalia, creating a liberal majority, then he can afford to nominate a liberal lion. But if the court is likely to remain finely balanced, then he will need to appoint someone who is less polarising but can win swing justices around (which was something that appealed to him about Kagan, apparently) in the mould of Sandra Day O'Connor.

A bit off topic there, but the politics of the SC is very odd. I find it remarkable that both Reagan and Bush Sr both ended up making appointments that were either centrist (O'Connor & Kennedy) or, in the case of Souter, actively liberal, while the greatest liberal justice in recent times was appointed by Ford and the author of Roe v Wade was appointed by Nixon. Bush Jr and Clinton were both far more close to their own ideology, appointing fairly solid liberals or conservatives respectively, and Obama has followed in that mould so far.
 

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RIP Robert Bork, you were a true inspiration. The Tempting of America is a classic. Plus, you outlived that nation-wrecking scoundrel, Ted Kennedy.

I've always loved Thomas Sowell's testimony in support of Bork on Capitol Hill. He really wipes the floor with the opposition.

[video=youtube;ZQU_QziUXf0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQU_QziUXf0[/video]
 
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Jem8777

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The man's name led to the verb "to bork"
: verb (used with object)
to attack (a candidate or public figure) systematically, especially in the media.

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Origin:
1988, Americanism; after Judge Robert H. Bork, whose appointment to the Supreme Court was blocked in 1987 after an extensive media campaign by his opponents

in Irish terms: "Enda Kenny is constantly borked in the Irish media".
 
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