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Robert Bork, known for contentious Supreme Court nomination, dies at 85
CNN ^ | 12/19/12 | by Bill Mears

Posted on 12/19/2012 1:00:58 PM PST by Mozilla

Former federal judge and conservative legal scholar Robert Bork died early Wednesday at his Virginia home, his family confirmed to CNN. He was 85.

Perhaps best known for his nomination to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, Bork was rejected for the post after a contentious confirmation battle led by left-leaning groups that opposed his conservative judicial philosophies.

Bork had recently served as a senior legal adviser to Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. He was a solicitor general during the Nixon administration and first gained notoriety for carrying out the president's order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal in 1973, an episode known as the Saturday Night Massacre.

But it was the Senate's rejection of his high court nomination that earned the conservative Bork a political legacy -- symbolic of the contentious, partisan nature of congressional confirmations.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 1973; 1987; conservatives; judge; mittromney; obituary; robertbork; ronaldreagan; supremecourt

1 posted on 12/19/2012 1:01:06 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

An early victim of the left’s Politics of Pesonal Destruction.


2 posted on 12/19/2012 1:07:20 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

>>An early victim of the left’s Politics of Pesonal Destruction.<<

True dat. Libs are like weeds. They just coming back until they take over the garden.

RIP


3 posted on 12/19/2012 1:10:16 PM PST by ILS21R (Everything is a conspiracy. No? You're living in one.)
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To: Mozilla

He was truly one of the great legal minds of our time. It is a travesty that he was not confirmed to the Court.

SnakeDoc


4 posted on 12/19/2012 1:10:42 PM PST by SnakeDoctor (Texas survived one Obama term, and we'll survive another. The rest of you are screwed.)
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To: BenLurkin

He was the poster child for the left’s encroaching totalitarianism and unwillingness to hear other opinions. Wish people had noticed back then that something wasn’t right. Could have nipped it in the bud. They tried the same crap with Clarence Thomas which was to tear him down.


5 posted on 12/19/2012 1:13:33 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: SnakeDoctor

As others have menioned numerous times, thank God he wasn’t because Obama would be picking his replacement.


6 posted on 12/19/2012 1:23:03 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Mozilla

He was kept off the court by a Republican....the bastards’ name was ARLEN SPECTER....may he rot in.........


7 posted on 12/19/2012 1:24:25 PM PST by ontap
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To: napscoordinator
As others have menioned numerous times, thank God he wasn’t because Obama would be picking his replacement.

Sorry, but 25 years worth of Robert Bork on the court (and making better decisions than Tony Kennedy) would have been worth it. Roe v. Wade would have been toast 20 years ago in the Casey decision. The result in Lawrence v. Texas would have been different, as well.
8 posted on 12/19/2012 1:32:17 PM PST by irishjuggler
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To: Mozilla

Not many are accorded the distinction of having their name become a verb, a portion of our immeasurable debt to Ted Kennedy, of Kennedy-Dodd waitress sandwich fame.


9 posted on 12/19/2012 1:35:08 PM PST by Elsiejay
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To: Mozilla

He didn’t deserve the treatment he got. It shows what lengths the radical man-hating abortion-loving feminazis will go to destroy anyone who gets in their way.


10 posted on 12/19/2012 1:38:59 PM PST by I want the USA back
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To: BenLurkin

I was a Nixon hater and a Watergate junkie. I would watch every minute I could of the hearings. After the Saturday Night Massacre, I was fit to be tied and wanted Bork’s head.

However, after he was nominated to the SCOTUS, I watched those hearings too. And although I “hated” him, it was obvious he was imminently qualified and would make decisions based on the Constitution and not ideology.

Since elections have consequences, Reagan had the rock solid right to nominate his candidate and have him approved. The Senate is simply a last bulwark against an obvious inept political appointee.

After hearing his testimony, I felt “why even bother with a roll call vote?” This guy is so qualified a simple voice vote of 100% is warranted.

That was when I discovered that Democrats didn’t give a rat’s patootie about the Constitution.

The next SCOTUS hearings (Clarence Thomas) sealed the deal when it was revealed that the Democrats hadn’t jettisoned their racist past. They had just politicized it.

I haven’t (and will never) vote for a Democrat again.


11 posted on 12/19/2012 1:40:20 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: Mozilla

Thanks for the post - he was a good man. Prayers for his family and loved ones...


12 posted on 12/19/2012 1:52:16 PM PST by GOPJ (Detroit should be renamed 'Michael Mooresville'...)
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To: Mozilla

Let’s not forget that Mr. Bork’s nomination was destroyed by a drunken lying, philanderer, coward, killer named Teddy.


13 posted on 12/19/2012 1:55:53 PM PST by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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To: napscoordinator

Maybe. Maybe not. He’s been sick for a while. Probably would’ve retired during the Bush administration (like he retired from teaching law school).

Either way, his replacement was Anthony Kennedy. Every 5-4 ruling where Kennedy sided with the liberals would’ve gone the other way. Including abortion.

SnakeDoc


14 posted on 12/19/2012 2:26:24 PM PST by SnakeDoctor (Texas survived one Obama term, and we'll survive another. The rest of you are screwed.)
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To: GOPJ

You welcome. R.I.P. Robert Bork. He was a good man and did not deserve the badgering he got in 1987 trying to make the Supreme Court. It still bothers me how easily the left tore him down. I am glad they couldn’t get away with Clarence Thomas.


15 posted on 12/19/2012 2:35:51 PM PST by Mozilla
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To: BenLurkin

Yes. A good man in a corrupt culture.


16 posted on 12/19/2012 2:50:58 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Capitol to the districts: "May the odds be ever in your favor.")
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To: Mozilla

Didn’t Bork later complain that Ronald W. Reagan did practically nothing to bolster the nomination other than making it?


17 posted on 12/19/2012 3:05:27 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Mozilla

Here is Robert Bork’s bibliography:

http://www.ranker.com/list/robert-bork-books-and-stories-and-written-works/reference


18 posted on 12/19/2012 3:37:41 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Pennies and Nickels will NO LONGER be Minted as of 1/1/13 - Tim Geithner, US Treasury Sect)
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To: ontap

Yes, Specter; Bork was from PA too, but Specter was born in KS. You forgot ol’ John Warner’s opposition to Bork.


19 posted on 12/19/2012 7:00:34 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Mozilla
He was a solicitor general during the Nixon administration and first gained notoriety for carrying out the president's order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal in 1973, an episode known as the Saturday Night Massacre.

This is an interesting little item that is often overlooked in Bork's past. I've read in several places that this particular issue resulted in a lot of very soft GOP support for his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

20 posted on 12/19/2012 7:01:13 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("I am the master of my fate ... I am the captain of my soul.")
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To: Mozilla; GOPsterinMA; AuH2ORepublican; Perdogg; fieldmarshaldj; justiceseeker93; sickoflibs; ...

So Obama would have replaced Bork, unless he would have quit before Bush left office.


21 posted on 12/20/2012 12:09:54 AM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy

I had the same thought. Bork woud have had to retitre in 2005, at age 78, when O’Connor retired (at age 73 IIRC).


22 posted on 12/20/2012 2:09:03 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: Impy; Mozilla; GOPsterinMA; AuH2ORepublican; Perdogg; fieldmarshaldj; justiceseeker93; ...
>> So Obama would have replaced Bork, unless he would have quit before Bush left office. <<

Yep, it's possible, but AuH2ORepublican is probably right that Bork would have retired during Bush's second term rather than risk a RAT winning the Presidency in 2008. He was 60 at the time of his nomination, one of the reasons we need to nominate younger judges. Few would anticipate a 60 year old staying on the court for 25 years, though it seems routine for Senators to stick around that long.

It would be interesting to go back and look at all the 5-4 decisions over the last 25 years where Justice Kennedy sided with the liberals, because nearly all of them would have gone the other way. This would be a very different country today. As others noted, Roe v. Wade might have been overturned in the Casey decision of 1992. (I think that ruling might have been 6-3 though).

Bork did accurately predict we were "Slouching towards Gomorrah" in 1996. Sorry, George W. Bush. Even your veep jumped on the bandwagon, at least on the gay marriage thing.

Gerald Ford actually considered Bork for a SCOTUS seat in the 70s, but concluded (accurately, unfortunately) that he was "too controversial" because of his role in Richard Nixon's firing of Watergate Special Prosecutor, and the Dems would destroy him. So Ford crossed him off the short list and we eventually ended with the horrid John Paul Stevens.

Incidentally, Specter and five other RINOs joined the Dems in opposing Bork. Yet we're always told we "have to" elect RINO Senators so we can get good judges on the courts. Poo.

23 posted on 12/20/2012 11:27:25 AM PST by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: BillyBoy; Impy; Mozilla; GOPsterinMA; Perdogg; fieldmarshaldj; justiceseeker93

Casey was 6-3 (Kennedy and O’Connor both switched to support Roe’s ridiculous holding), but once Thomas replaced Marshall the Court had 4 strong votes to overturn Roe, and had Bork been there instead of Kennedy then there would have been 5 solid votes to overturn. (Of course, a couple of years later White was replaced with Ginsburg, but by that time Roe would no longer be a binding precedent and O’Connor could cite stare decisis to uphold the precedent stating that states could ban abortion.)


24 posted on 12/20/2012 11:57:01 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: BillyBoy; Impy; Mozilla; GOPsterinMA; Perdogg; fieldmarshaldj; justiceseeker93

I noticed just as I hit “post” that I forgot to mention that, had Bork been on the Court instead of Kennedy, O’Connor likely would have voted in Casey to overturn Roe’s central holding, since it was Kennedy signing on that gave her the courage to make that ridiculous stare decisis argument in the first place.


25 posted on 12/20/2012 12:00:58 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: ILS21R; SunkenCiv; Impy; InterceptPoint; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; sf4dubya; left that other site; ...
Libs are like weeds. They just coming back until they take over the garden.

Great quotation!!! It belongs in an historical anthology of American political wisdom.

26 posted on 12/21/2012 7:37:46 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93; ILS21R; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ...

> Libs are like weeds. They just coming back until they take over the garden.

Libs are like weed — they just keep coming back until someone smokes them.


27 posted on 12/21/2012 7:52:23 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Mozilla; AJFavish; theothercheek; ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; sf4dubya; bamahead; Travis McGee; ...
"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," Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, said at the time. "The doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens."

That's the infamous and asinine quote from the late Teddy that CNN is so happy to repeat, despite the fact that it was nothing but slanderous.

Yes, to borrow Kennedy's metaphor, federal judges do "shut the doors of the federal courts on the fingers of millions of citizens," but Kennedy and his ilk would never admit that they are more often leftist judges who commonly do exactly that to Americans who are white, male, and heterosexual (as well as others) whose rights are trampled upon by ever more powerful government - be it federal, state, or local.

28 posted on 12/21/2012 9:03:38 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: SunkenCiv
Libs are like weed — they just keep coming back until someone smokes them.

LOL!!!

29 posted on 12/21/2012 9:06:03 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

Tonight, a lib I know posted that Republicans want to taint the milk because they won’t sign on to some AG Bill. They are certifiable. But they never stop the insanity.


30 posted on 12/21/2012 9:14:03 PM PST by Hildy (hen the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - Socrates)
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