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Judge Robert Bork is Dead

Judge Robert Bork, who was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1987 by Ronald Reagan but voted down by the Senate, has died, according to reports.

Bork’s nomination was denied after he became the victim of a campaign of character assassination led by Edward Kennedy, who charged Bork would destroy the nation:

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, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is—and is often the only—protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy.

The strategy worked, and Reagan ended up nominating Anthony Kennedy, who continues to sit on the Court and who has served as a swing vote rather than the reliable conservative voice Bork would have been.

Bork was unquestionably qualified to sit on the court. He was a federal judge, had served as solicitor general, and was a widely respected legal scholar.

10 Responses to Judge Robert Bork is Dead

  1. When Nixon couldn’t force a true American hero Attorney General Elliot Richardson, to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox during the Watergate mess, and resigned instead, Bork volunteered to do the job.

    Everything else he ever did in his life pales.

  2. Ah yes, the hatchet job done by Ted Kennedy. Defender of womens’ rights, noted driving instructor and crusader against alcohol abuse. How can we forget?

    Thank you for your service, Judge Bork.

  3. He was bigger than life! Rest in peace, Judge Bork.

    A little trivia: At the time of his nomination to SCOTUS, Joe Biden was Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. One of his old law students from Arkansas testified against him – Bill Clinton.

  4. Gotta love The Left Wing Liberal Loonies. When they can’t win by telling the truth (which is always), they turn their guano into gold and feed it to the misinformed. Aided and abetted by the media of course.

  5. In 1987, I thought I was a loyal Democrat because it was the party of the working man and champion of truth. So, I thought.
    When SenKennedy presented his tirade against JudgeBork I believed him, and wondered how this terrible man could hold any public office at all, much less be an asset to the Supreme Court..

    All I can say is that with age comes wisdom. JudgeBork might have been a great jurist, but was denied the chance by a political fraud who traded on his late brother’s legacy.

  6. The Democrats were opposed to Bork because,as Acting Attorney General, he fired Archibald Cox on October 20, 1973 during Watergate.

    Fourteen years later the Dems got their payback.

  7. The irony? Anthony Kennedy is 76, and he may just hang on for another four years. By opposing Bork, Kennedy may have ultimately denied Obama a Supreme Court pick.

    RIP Judge Bork.