Skip to comments.The Ugliness Started With Bork
Posted on 10/30/2011 4:35:50 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
It is, to be sure, completely understandable that the Democrats wanted to keep Bork off the court. Lewis Powell, the great moderate, was stepping down, which would be leaving the court evenly divided between conservatives and liberals. There was tremendous fear that if Bork were confirmed, he would swing the court to the conservatives and important liberal victories would be overturned starting with Roe v. Wade.
But liberals couldnt just come out and say that. If this were carried out as an internal Senate debate, Ann Lewis, the Democratic activist, would later acknowledge, we would have deep and thoughtful discussions about the Constitution, and then we would lose. So, instead, the Democrats sought to portray Bork as a right-wing loony, to use a phrase in a memo written by the Advocacy Institute, a liberal lobby group.
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One of Bork’s opponents admitted that liberals could never win a serious debate about the Constitution, so that’s why they resorted to character assassination of Robert Bork.
Yeah, they were none too kind to Ronald Reagan.
Not on the same scale he wasn’t.
Well, duhhhh.... And the media was complicit.
The task of the judge, he once wrote, is to discern how the framers values, defined in the context of the world they knew, apply to the world we know.
That same Advocacy Institute memo noted that, Like it or not, Bork falls (perhaps barely) at the borderline of respectability. It didnt matter. He had to be portrayed as an extreme ideological activist. The ends were used to justify some truly despicable means.
And the Ugly
The next time a liberal asks why Republicans are so intransigent, you might suggest that the answer lies in the mirror.
I think that Ted Kennedy here may have done more damage to America in a single act that anyone ever has.
An amazingly fair piece from the NYT.
“I think that Ted Kennedy here may have done more damage to America in a single act that anyone ever has. “
Bingo. Fat Teddy hated conservatives more than the Kenyan lizard even and put party above all else.
We right wingers should punch back twice as hard.
It actually started with Clement Haynsworth.
John Tower got a raw deal as well.
Wright’s situation was completely different. He violated the rules of ethics and resigned under pressure from Democrats, who controlled the Congress at that time.
Wright's own corruption brought him down.
That was his 1965 immigration act which was a deliberate move to turn America into a third world hell hole. The liberals and media were on a roll from the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which Republicans passed) and took advantage of the propaganda to brand anyone who opposed the vile immigration law as a Bull Connor.
"If this were carried out as an internal Senate debate," Ann Lewis, the Democratic activist, would later acknowledge, "we would have deep and thoughtful discussions about the Constitution, and then we would lose." So, instead, the Democrats sought to portray Bork as "a right-wing loony," to use a phrase in a memo written by the Advocacy Institute, a liberal lobby group.It started with FDR's attempt to pack the SCOTUS. He accomplished it through attrition -- during his 13 years in office, he appointed more than nine justices.
That’s when it got really out of hand, but the way they treated Richard Nixon was pretty bad . . . starting with their holier-than-thou theatrics of Watergate.
Those good moral ethical Democrats of Lyndon Johnson and Mayor Daley.
Agreed, but he had some baggage as well. The saddest part was that his rejection by the Senate eventually led to his untimely death.
Hey! The NY Times wins the stopped clock award today.
Republicans don’t fight, they instead compromise quietly, while loudly proclaiming that the fight isn’t fair, and that they need bigger majorities. The Republican heart has stopped, in its place beats nothing but an artificial heart that always always always says compromise, and “can’t we do this without all the arguing”?
It's interesting that, in every attack on conservative candidates by liberals, when you peel away all the superfluous arguments, it always comes down to abortion.
the next year will be a hot one
I always thought it interesting that the Democrats never attacked him for his vote against the Civil Rights Act. All they cared about was whether he had ever cheated on his wife.
His drinking was a fairly big issue as well. But you’re right on the Civil Rights Act vote.
The confirmation hearings for Bork had Chappaquidick Ted, Plagiarist Joe and graft & pork Howard all sitting in judgement.
That was the first time I realized that the struggle involved good versus evil rather than just a clash of opinions.
Bork clearly stood for integrity, reverence for the constitution and truth. Seeing those three slimes arrayed against such a man of obvious character using sophistry and trying to trap Bork showed me for the first time that the bad guys were for real.
Bork was a towering intellect compared to them, he was beyond qualified to represent the constitution. They had to lie to defeat him.
“Mostly, though, the point remains this: The next time a liberal asks why Republicans are so intransigent, you might suggest that the answer lies in the mirror.”
John Tower died in a plane crash.
To overthrow a lower court procedure, SCOTUS decisions should be unanimous.
While it might have some unpleasant side effecs, that would de-activate the activist court and de-politicize it.
And of course, they ‘forgot’ that Bull Connor was a staunch Democret. My family knew him.
Glad we got Dick Cheney instead.
An excellent point.
Alternate history and its consequences is a hobby of mine.
imagine...wasn't Nixon accused also of obtaining TWO FBI files?...I mean CLintoon had 700!!!!
and they looked high and low for those White Water files and no one could ever find them and then walaaa....they turn up on the White House dinner table and nobody knows how....
its breaktaking the hypocrisy...its obscene...
You must always remember, they are, above all, *true believers* in "The Gospel of Marx", that 'the end always justifies the means'. Once you have totally come to grips with that salient, and sobering fact, you will then know that absolutely *nothing* is 'beyond the pale' for such as they...