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  • How Alito explained his high regard for Bork-Dems tried to use his praise to show him in a bad light

    01/17/2006 7:42:40 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 420+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/17/6 | Bob Egelko
    A year after Robert Bork's Supreme Court nomination was scuttled by the Senate, federal prosecutor Samuel Alito called Bork "one of the most outstanding nominees of the century.'' Eighteen years later, the comment must have seemed like a godsend to Democrats hoping to paint Alito as a reactionary unsuited for the high court. But when a senator confronted him with his words, Alito said he had only been expressing admiration for Bork, and loyalty to the administration that appointed them both. He insisted he wasn't endorsing Bork's views on topics such as abortion, voting rights and presidential power. It was...
  • Borking Judge Alito (Cornyn Op-Ed)

    01/09/2006 1:20:18 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 8 replies · 772+ views
    Washington Times ^ | January 9, 2006 | Senator John Cornyn
    With the battle over the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court set to take center stage on Monday, the American people have undoubtedly become familiar in past weeks with his critics -- along with their criticisms, attacks and mischaracterizations. If the best predictor of future behavior is past performance, then it is reasonable to expect that a host of rather predictable, knee-jerk criticisms -- which have already been refuted with fact -- will be leveled against this fine nominee in a misguided effort to discredit his qualifications. As a preview of the coming debate, here...
  • Alito must avoid being 'Borked'

    01/08/2006 7:40:36 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 449+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/8/6 | Bob Egelko
    The lesson of Reagan's nominee is: Say just as little as you possibly canMedia critic Danny Schechter was referring to television when he titled one of his books "The More You Watch, the Less You Know.'' But he just as well might have been describing the trend in Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Consider Robert Bork, President Ronald Reagan's nominee for a seat on the court in 1987, and the last nominee to be defeated on the Senate floor. There's still bitterness among Bork's supporters -- who coined the term "Borking'' for the destruction of a Supreme Court candidacy -- but...
  • Martini's Founding Fathers: Original Intent Debatable

    12/13/2005 8:22:25 AM PST · by harpu · 27 replies · 586+ views
    An email from a colleague... | 12/13/05 | Robert H. Bork
    The following is an email that I received from a friend regarding Judge Robert Bork's letter to the Wall Street Journal... "Eric Felten's essay on the dry martini is itself near-perfect ('Don't Forget the Vermouth,' Leisure & Arts, Pursuits, Dec. 10). His allusion to constitutional jurisprudence is faulty, however, since neither in law nor martinis can we know the subjective 'original intent' of the Founding Fathers. As to martinis, the intent may have been to ease man's passage through this vale of tears or, less admirably, to employ the tactic of 'candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.' What counts...
  • Robert Bork: A Narrowed Rift (President Bush and conservatives and the future of the Court)

    11/03/2005 4:51:55 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 12 replies · 817+ views
    National Review ^ | November 3, 2005 | Robert H. Bork
    It is premature to pronounce the job completed, but with the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals for a seat on the Supreme Court, George Bush has substantially narrowed the rift with his conservative base he created with his nomination of Harriet Miers. Ms. Miers, a woman of many fine qualities, was perceived as simply lacking the constitutional sophistication to withstand the pressures of a liberal Court majority and its allies in the academy and the media sufficiently to help bring the Court back from its self-assumed role as a political rather than...
  • Bork v. Bork (Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing)

    10/19/2005 10:46:45 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 82 replies · 1,292+ views ^ | October 19, 2005 | Hugh Hewett
    Ten days ago I wrote about the Miers nomination in light of Judge Bork's introduction to a new book of essays on SCOTUS. In this morning's Wall Street Journal, Judge Bork weighs in with a denunciation of the Miers nomination, which includes the fairly astonishing sentence: The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq aside, George W. Bush has not governed as a conservative (amnesty for illegal immigrants, reckless spending that will ultimately undo his tax cuts, signing a campaign finance bill even while maintaining its unconstitutionality). This is the same as arguing that "Except for opposing Hitler and later warning of...
  • Some Get 'Borked,' Others Get 'Miered'

    10/27/2005 1:05:48 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 97 replies · 1,344+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 27, 2005 | NAHAL TOOSI
    Is "miered" the new "borked"? Robert Bork's failed nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987 spawned the verb "borked," defined loosely as getting rejected in an unseemly, even unfair, manner. Now there is talk online about whether Harriet Miers' withdrawal of her nomination to the high court will give rise to the term "miered." While liberals led to the opposition to Bork, it was conservatives who brought down Miers' nomination. A contributor to The Reform Club, a right-leaning blog, wrote that to get "borked" was "to be unscrupulously torpedoed by an opponent," while to get "miered" was to be "unscrupulously...
  • Bork “Borks” Miers (Operation Rescue renews its call for Miers’ withdrawal)

    10/19/2005 4:12:15 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 69 replies · 1,110+ views
    Operation Rescue renews its call for Miers’ withdrawalWashington, DC – The highly esteemed Judge Robert Bork weighed in yesterday on the controversial Supreme Court nominee, Harriet Miers. Miers has been under scrutiny in the past week for having no paper trail or judicial experience.Former Federal Judge Robert Bork, whose nomination to the Supreme Court was rejected by the Senate in an historically contentious battle in 1987, described the choice of Miers as “a disaster on every level.”Bork, considered the perhaps finest intellectual mind in the legal community, joins a growing number of conservatives expressing concern over the Miers nomination and...
  • A self-imposed Borking

    10/19/2005 12:08:34 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 13 replies · 766+ views
    Townhall ^ | 10/19/5 | Terence Jeffrey
    "I am convinced, as I think almost all constitutional scholars are, that Roe v. Wade is an unconstitutional decision, a serious and wholly unjustifiable judicial usurpation of state legislative authority. I also think that Roe v. Wade is by no means the only example of such unconstitutional behavior by the Supreme Court." This bit of public truth-telling was committed by Robert Bork, then a professor at Yale Law School, when he testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on June 1, 1981. Ironically, Bork made this statement about Roe in the midst of testimony in which he explained why he opposed...
  • "To Bork" vs. "To Miers" (new SCOTUS verb time)

    10/13/2005 7:06:11 PM PDT · by Dajjal · 209 replies · 1,865+ views
    NationalReviewOnline - The Corner ^ | Oct. 13, 2005 | Kathryn Jean Lopez & Kate O'Beirne
    TO BORK VS. TO MIER [Kathryn Jean Lopez] Yesterday on air Hugh Hewitt suggested to me that we here were trying to Bork Miers. No. This is new SCOTUS verb time. Andrew Breitbart just came up with over IM: to MIER: to put your own allies in the most untenable position possible based upon exceptionally bad decsion making. Secondary defintion: While steadlily going in reverse in the driveway of your own home, intentionally abruptly pressing gas pedal as to crash into garage door for no apparent reason. They'll be teaching this in AP Government classes before long. Posted at 02:26...
  • RE: OUCH (The infamous post by Rod Dreher at NRO's The Corner.)

    10/12/2005 9:42:10 PM PDT · by Checkers · 26 replies · 1,070+ views
    The Corner ^ | Tuesday, October 03, 2005 | Rod Dreher
    RE: OUCH [Rod Dreher] But Kathryn, I fully expect that if Justice Stevens retires, President Bush will nominate his dog Barney to fill that vacant seat. After all, who can a man trust to be loyal more than his dog? I reckon the president knows Barney's heart as well as anybody's, and certainly Barney has no paper trail, unless you count stuff he chewed up when he was a puppy. Besides, if Caligula can put his horse in the Senate... Posted at 06:16 PM
  • Hugh Hewitt on Miers

    10/13/2005 6:06:49 AM PDT · by OESY · 63 replies · 1,076+ views
    Hugh Hewitt ^ | October 12, 2005 | Hugh Hewitt+
    Some afternoon observations on Miers and "Borking." October 12, 2005 12:45 PM PST The verb "to Bork" has an origin in the 1987 treatment of Robert Bork by his opponents on the left. It was a dishonorable episode in American political history. From Wikipedia: According to the New York Times, the verb to bork might be defined as "to destroy a judicial nominee through a concerted attack on his character, background and philosophy." [1] The most famous (or infamous) use of the verb to bork occurred in July 1991 at a conference of the National Organization for Women in New...
  • Rush Limbaugh: White House Spin Worsens Miers Mess

    10/12/2005 6:46:08 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 222 replies · 3,615+ views ^ | 10/12/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Jim Dobson recorded his radio show for today and tomorrow yesterday; the transcripts for that show are out. Now as you know, one of the things that irked Senator Specter is that Dobson admitted that maybe Karl Rove told him some things he "shouldn't know" – everybody assumed – when he called him to give him a heads-up on the nomination of Harriet Miers, the US Supreme Court. Well, everybody ran and rushed to judgment on that and said, "A-ha! A-ha! Rove told Dobson that she's a definite vote against Roe vs. Wade," which of course if that were...

    10/11/2005 2:19:27 PM PDT · by Al Simmons · 17 replies · 476+ views
    VANITY | 10/10/2005 | Bucketfoot-Al
    I have in the past proudly called myself a "bushbot" on this forum. Initially I was disappointed, but supportive of this nomination. However, as time has gone by, enough has leaked out about Ms. Miers to make me seriously doubt that we can afford to take a chance on a woman who not only has no background in Constitutional Law whatsoever, but - and this is the key - has, according to reliable reports about her stint on the Dallas City Council, shown herself to be very vulnerable to the kind of "go along to get along" attitude that doomed...
  • Bork on CNN: Miers "No Relevant Record" and "Should be Rejected", "I Supported Roberts" (Video)

    10/10/2005 4:52:05 PM PDT · by Stellar Dendrite · 51 replies · 1,171+ views
    CNN Video ^ | 10-10-2005 | n/a
    Bork speaks out on CNN w/ Wolf Blitzer. Video below 1. Click on link below, then look for the "FREE" button, click on it. 2. Wait for download ticket counter to expire, click on filename (BorkOnCNN.rm) Click here to download video (Real Player)
  • Robert Bork 'Borks' Harriet Miers

    10/09/2005 12:44:21 PM PDT · by Constitution Restoration Act · 23 replies · 849+ views ^ | Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005 9:23 a.m. EDT
    Legendary conservative jurist Robert Bork is "borking" Bush Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, trashing her nomination as a complete and total "disaster." Asked by MSNBC's Tucker Carlson Friday night if he was impressed by Ms. Miers, Bork replied: "Not a bit. I think it's a disaster on every level." The Yale-trained judge said he didn't like the Texas attorney because she hadn't developed a "constitutional philosophy." "It's a little late to develop a constitutional philosophy or begin to work it out when you're on the court already," he told Carlson. "I'm afraid she's likely to be influenced by factors,...
  • Miers Deserves the Chance to be Heard (The Moving Miers Goalposts; Bork, Barrabas, and Elitism)

    10/08/2005 3:40:47 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 180 replies · 1,842+ views
    The Centre Daily Times [State College, PA] ^ | October 8, 2005 | Linda Campbell [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
    Who’d have known that Harriet Miers would have caused such a ruckus just by saying “yes”? At first blush, President Bush’s nomination of Miers as the successor to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor looked like a welcome indication that he wasn’t going to shoot a flamethrower at the neighbor’s parched lawn and laugh maniacally at the ensuing pandemonium. He could, after all, have poked the Democrats in the eye once again with Priscilla Owen, whom he obstinately wrestled onto the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Instead, he chose a trusted adviser who under other circumstances would have been considered an...
  • Bork Calls Bush Court Pick 'A Disaster'

    10/08/2005 3:50:05 PM PDT · by Chaillot · 284 replies · 2,826+ views ^ | 10/8/2005 | chaillot
    Other critics have expressed concern about her lack of experience grappling with constitutional reasoning. Robert Bork - whose nomination to the high court was rejected by the Senate in 1987 - called the choice of Miers "a disaster on every level." "It's a little late to develop a constitutional philosophy or begin to work it out when you're on the court already," Bork said Friday on MSNBC's "The Situation with Tucker Carlson." "It's kind of a slap in the face to the conservatives who've been building up a conservative legal movement for the last 20 years."

    10/07/2005 3:50:01 PM PDT · by Sam Hill · 942 replies · 15,233+ views
    Tucker Carlson ^ | October 5, 2005 | Press Release
    ROBERT BORK CALLS THE HARRIET MIERS NOMINATION "A DISASTER" ON TONIGHT'S "THE SITUATION WITH TUCKER CARLSON" SECAUCUS, NJ - October 7, 2005 - Tonight on MSNBC's "The Situation with Tucker Carlson," former judge and Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork tells Tucker Carlson the Harriet Miers' nomination is "a disaster on every level," that Miers has "no experience with constitutional law whatever" and that the nomination is a "slap in the face" to conservatives. Following is a transcript of the conversation, which will telecast tonight at 11 p.m. (ET). A full transcript of the show will be available later tonight at...
  • Pining for Bork

    09/27/2005 4:13:37 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 18 replies · 835+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | September 27, 2005 | John Heilemann
    He was as divisive a Supreme Court nominee as can be imagined. But Democrats should hope they get a pick like him. Here’s why. About halfway through John Roberts’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, I found myself grappling with a strange and surprising emotional reaction: I was pining for Robert Bork. For anyone with a sense of history watching Roberts artfully bob and weave through his face-off with the Senate, it was hard to ignore the hovering specter of the goateed strict constructionist, whose ordeal in the upper chamber took place exactly eighteen years ago this month. In no small part,...