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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,...
  • Confirmation Analysis: A Boomerang Borking

    09/16/2005 9:54:36 AM PDT · by saveliberty · 41 replies · 1,718+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | 9/16/2005 | Captain Ed
      Confirmation Analysis: A Boomerang BorkingNow that the smoke has cleared on what many forecast as the Mother of All Political Battles -- the Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court -- we can see exactly who won and who lost. Despite their initial misgivings about taking Roberts head-on, the Democrats decided to go all out in an attempt to Bork Roberts as a civil-rights Neanderthal with no heart ... and they failed miserably.For evidence of this, one need look no further than the editorial pages of the Washington Post, which notes...
  • Once Again, Just Too Conservative (Duke Law Professor Whines About Roberts)

    08/31/2005 2:21:30 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 35 replies · 814+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 31, 2005 | Erwin Chemerinsky
    AFTER SPENDING the last month reading countless briefs and memos written by John G. Roberts Jr., it is clear that he would very likely change the law dramatically in key areas such as privacy rights, separation of church and state and racial justice. Democrats need to oppose Roberts for the same reasons they fought against Clement F. Haynsworth Jr. in 1969, Harold Carswell in 1970, Robert Bork in 1987 and Clarence Thomas in 1991. The parallels to the fight over Bork are striking. Bork was nominated to replace Lewis F. Powell Jr., who had been the high court's swing vote...
  • WSJ Book Review: How the Judges Are Judged - "The Borking Rebellion" by Jeffrey Lord

    08/30/2005 6:55:52 AM PDT · by OESY · 3 replies · 489+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 30, 2005 | QUIN HILLYER
    ...Mr. Lord is at pains to note that, although Judge Smith is less known than other judicial nominees who have come under "borking" assault -- think of William Pryor, Miguel Estrada, Janice Rogers Brown and Charles Pickering -- his experience offers a kind of template of abuse: Activist groups unearth whatever harmful details they can find, no matter how dubious; they gin them up into screaming charges; the charges in turn get picked up by reporters, eager to keep pace with a potential "controversy," and by politicians, eager to find any stick with which to beat a "dangerous" nominee from...
  • CST: Why Mr. Flug comes to Washington - Judge Wars: Storm Warnings

    08/25/2005 6:20:25 AM PDT · by OESY · 2 replies · 494+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 25, 2005 | ROBERT NOVAK
    An alert this week from backers of Judge John Roberts cautions not to take seriously Democratic complaints that they cannot stop his confirmation. A three-page memo sent to thousands of conservatives across the country warns that the assault on President Bush's first Supreme Court nominee is yet to come. A major reason cited for this belief is the man back at Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's side on the Senate Judiciary Committee: James Flug. ''It is hard to fathom Mr. Flug coming back to Capitol Hill after 30 years of private practice for anything other than a bitterly tough confirmation fight,''...
  • The Original Borking

    08/24/2005 12:07:14 AM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 1,041+ views
    Opinion (WSJ) ^ | August 24, 2005 | Manuel Miranda
    Lessons from a Supreme Court nominee's defeat. For liberals and conservatives alike, the touchstone for beleaguered Supreme Court nominations is the rejection of Judge Robert Bork in 1987. Supreme Court nominees had been rejected before, 27 times, but never with so much orchestrated fury. Usually the nominees were lesser jurists, if not lesser intellects, if not lesser men, than was (or is) Judge Bork. The Senate rejected George Washington's nominee for chief justice, John Rutledge, in 1795 because of his position on a treaty. Andrew Jackson's nomination of Roger Taney was blocked in 1835, though Jackson later nominated Taney successfully...
  • The Volokh Conspiracy: Bork on CNN

    08/20/2005 9:49:29 PM PDT · by zendari · 3 replies · 447+ views
    CNN Live Today July 1, 2005 KAGAN: All right. Panelists, we'll be back to you in just a moment. Interesting person to talk to on the phone right now. Robert Bork on the phone, somebody who got almost to the Supreme Court. The judge nominated in 1987, a nomination that did not work out in the way that Judge Bork, I think, you would have liked. Your comments today on Sandra Day O'Connor and her legacy on the court, please. JUDGE ROBERT BORK, FMR. SUPREME COURT NOMINEE: Well, she's a very nice person, but she is -- as a justice,...
  • WSJ: Leahy Follows Orders - So it's time to attack John Roberts.

    08/18/2005 5:42:12 AM PDT · by OESY · 7 replies · 774+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 18, 2005 | Editorial
    It's too bad there's now a firewall in place on the computer system used by the Senate Judiciary Committee's Democratic staff. We'd love to take a peek at the internal memos reacting to Tuesday's Washington Post story headlined "Roberts Unlikely to Face Big Fight; Many Democrats See Battle as Futile." If the staff memos that were leaked on President Bush's appeals-court nominees in 2003 are any guide, Democrats once again are taking dictation from liberal interest groups-- this time on how to oppose Supreme Court nominee John Roberts. We expect Tuesday's e-chatter went along the lines of: "Ralph Neas called..."...
  • Roberts Road to Confirmation - Hardball with Chris Mathews

    08/12/2005 8:48:43 PM PDT · by zendari · 10 replies · 731+ views
    The first U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearing in more than a decade is only weeks away. Former Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork knows firsthand how bruising the process can be. His nomination was blocked 18 years ago by a well organized liberal campaign. More recently, he edited a book on the Supreme Court, A Country I Do Not Recognize: A Legal Assault on American Values. Bork joins 'Hardball' guest host David Gregory to discuss whether new Supreme Court nominee John Roberts will share a similar fate.
  • WSJ: The ABA Is 'Not Qualified' To Rate John Roberts - It is just another biased interest group.

    08/08/2005 5:42:05 AM PDT · by OESY · 24 replies · 1,012+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 8, 2005 | JOSEPH C. SMITH JR.
    ...If the ABA rates Mr. Roberts fairly, he will receive a unanimous "well qualified" rating. There is simply no question that he satisfies the ABA's criteria, which boil down to integrity, professional competence and judicial temperament. Before becoming a judge, he was one of the most accomplished and respected appellate lawyers in America... [of} "unquestioned integrity."... If history is any indication, however, the ABA will struggle with the Roberts rating for a simple reason: He is conservative. For that sin, the nominee may earn a split vote or worse. That disservice was infamously done to Robert Bork in 1987, when...
  • We Need to FREEP the MSM yet again

    07/21/2005 7:26:15 PM PDT · by Nat Turner · 4 replies · 567+ views
  • WSJ: No More Souters -- The legacy of previous GOP Supreme Court picks.

    07/19/2005 5:47:24 AM PDT · by OESY · 10 replies · 843+ views ^ | July 19, 2005 | Editorial
    As President Bush contemplates his Supreme Court nominee, one fact to keep in mind is that seven of the nine current Justices were appointed by Republican Presidents. If you want to understand why many of Mr. Bush's supporters are worried that he might nominate Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, this is the reason. The objection isn't personal, and it isn't even about what Mr. Gonzales thinks; the concern is that virtually no oneknows what he thinks. Mr. Gonzales's brief tenure on the Texas Supreme Court and his behind-closed-doors advice as chief White House counsel shed little light on what his judicial...
  • Their Will Be Done(Robert Bork Strikes again!)

    07/10/2005 7:08:15 AM PDT · by kellynla · 13 replies · 981+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | ROBERT H. BORK
    What do the nomination of a replacement for Sandra Day O'Connor, constitutional law, and moral chaos have to do with one another? A good deal more than you may think. In Federalist No. 2, John Jay wrote of America that "providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people--a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs." Such a people enjoy the same moral assumptions, the cement that forms a society rather than a cluster...
  • Members of the supreme court announce retirement (4:55est)

    07/08/2005 11:33:51 AM PDT · by 1stFreedom · 13 replies · 1,241+ views
    Sources close to the Court have confirmed that all the members of the Supreme Court will announce their retirement today at 4:55pm. Sources inside the beltway have confirmed that the Justices had been hiring court clerks *for their replacements* -- a final act of judical activism... ---- This rumor is just about as good as the rest of em...And I have good sources!!
  • Their Will Be Done (Robert Bork re USSC)

    07/07/2005 2:12:46 AM PDT · by maryz · 13 replies · 714+ views
    Hudson Institute ^ | July 5, 2005 | Robert H. Bork
    What do the nomination of a replacement for Sandra Day O'Connor, constitutional law, and moral chaos have to do with one another? A good deal more than you may think. In Federalist 2, John Jay wrote of America that "Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people -- a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs . . . ." Such a people enjoy the same moral assumptions, the cement that forms a...
  • WSJ: After O'Connor-President Bush owes his supporters a nominee in the Scalia-Thomas mold.

    07/05/2005 5:45:15 AM PDT · by OESY · 37 replies · 1,142+ views ^ | July 5, 2005 | Editorial
    ...Justice O'Connor is being hailed as the Court's "swing" Justice, but her legacy is more complicated. She has been a conservative on property rights and federalism, most recently in her Kelo dissent, where she took vigorous issue with the Court's extension of government's eminent domain power to include the taking of private property for private economic development. Replacing her with a "moderate" could actually mean a more liberal court on those issues. Where she drifted left over the years--and where her written opinions often sowed confusion--was on social issues, notably church-state and racial matters. She focused more on the facts...
  • Run-Up to Judicial Fight Puts a Spotlight on Bork

    07/03/2005 10:31:32 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 19 replies · 762+ views
    New York Times ^ | 4 July 2005 | David D. Kirkpatrick
    WASHINGTON, July 3 - Judge Robert H. Bork, the former Supreme Court nominee whose rejection 18 years ago has hovered over every confirmation since, is back in the spotlight. Interviewed on CNN on Sunday about the vacancy to be left by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's resignation, Mr. Bork squared off once again against his former nemesis, Senator Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania Republican whose critical interrogation during the 1987 hearings helped doom Mr. Bork's nomination. "I know Specter, and the truth is not in him," Mr. Bork said on "Late Edition" on CNN.
  • Reversing the Bork Defeat - (Bill Kristol has this one nailed cold!)

    07/02/2005 8:04:07 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 59 replies · 2,162+ views
    ON OCTOBER 23, 1987--a day that lives in conservative infamy--Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court was rejected by a Democratic Senate. Now, 18 years later, George W. Bush has the chance to reverse this defeat, and to begin to fulfill what has always been one of the core themes of modern American conservatism: the relinking of constitutional law and constitutional jurisprudence to the Constitution. The restoration of constitutional government has been the one area in which modern conservatism has had the least success. From Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush, conservative economic policies have been (more or less) pursued,...
  • Kristol: Reversing the Bork Defeat

    07/01/2005 7:30:45 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 71 replies · 2,107+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 1, 2005 | William Kristol
    With a Republican Senate, President Bush has the chance to succeed where Reagan failed by getting a conservative constitutionalist confirmed to the Supreme Court.ON OCTOBER 23, 1987--a day that lives in conservative infamy--Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court was rejected by a Democratic Senate. Now, 18 years later, George W. Bush has the chance to reverse this defeat, and to begin to fulfill what has always been one of the core themes of modern American conservatism: the relinking of constitutional law and constitutional jurisprudence to the Constitution.The restoration of constitutional government has been the one area in which modern...
  • Fred Barnes: The Bork Precedent (What the defeat of Bork's nomination taught the Bush White House)

    07/01/2005 7:17:33 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 36 replies · 2,326+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 1, 2005 | Fred Barnes
    When Robert Bork was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1987, the Reagan White House was not prepared to fight effectively for his confirmation. Indeed, Bork was such a respected judge and admired legal scholar that President Reagan and his aides assumed Bork would have a relatively easy time winning Senate approval. He lost 58-42. In preparing now for a vacancy on the high court, the Bush White House has studied the Bork confirmation fight. And it has learned lessons it hopes will help when President Bush picks a nominee to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first justice to...
  • Comment Says More About Reid Than Bush (political name-calling)

    05/09/2005 5:41:36 AM PDT · by bitt · 21 replies · 1,170+ views ^ | 5/9/05 | Doug Patton
    Much has been made recently about the decline of civility in today’s political discourse. The lament is heard from liberal Democrats, moderate Republicans and the national news media, all of which seem to believe that there is ample blame on both sides of the political aisle. The truth, for anyone willing to see it, is that incivility in Washington is hardly a two-way street. Yes, there are always individuals on both sides willing to engage in rhetorical assassination of their political enemies. On the left, Michael Moore, Al Franken and other Hollywood liberals have joined forces with George Soros,
  • Whatever happened to liberal compassion?

    04/26/2005 3:48:00 PM PDT · by WJHII · 13 replies · 398+ views ^ | April 26, 2005 | N Beaujon
    Whatever happened to liberal compassion? by N. Beaujon April 26, 2005 Given that liberals are the most spoiled demographic on earth and “Democrat” is just another name for an overindulged, entitled pedantic, whatever happened to liberal compassion? The Party of Do-Gooders has turned into a pie-throwing, salad dressing slinging, venomous, hate mongering mob whose only agenda seems to be to antagonize conservatives and humiliate people of faith. I guess it’s easy to be “compassionate” when everything’s going your way. Yesterday, Howard Dean (and we all know who he is) had another emotional vomit session and squealed that Republicans were “evil”,...
  • Conservatives near lock on US courts

    04/13/2005 12:10:43 PM PDT · by george wythe · 45 replies · 2,187+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Apr 13 2005 | Warren Richey
    As Democrats and Republicans in Washington prepare for an expected showdown over the use of filibusters to stall judicial nominees, President Bush is already well on his way to recasting the nation's federal appeals courts in a more conservative mold. Republican appointees now constitute a majority of judges on 10 of the nation's 13 federal appeals courts. As few as three more lifetime appointments on key courts would tip the balance in favor of GOP appointees on all but one appeals court - the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.[snip]Republican appointees outnumber Democratic appointees in every federal...
  • Travesty Time, Again. In its death-penalty decision, the Supreme Court hits a new low.

    03/23/2005 11:42:14 AM PST · by Crackingham · 3 replies · 440+ views
    National Review ^ | Mar. 23, 2005 | Robert H. Bork
    There are plenty of reasons to deplore Roper v. Simmons, the Supreme Court’s decision that a murderer under the age of 18 when he committed his crime cannot be given the death penalty. The Court majority once more exhibited for all to see that dazzling combination of lawlessness and moral presumption which increasingly characterizes its Bill of Rights jurisprudence. The opinion starts unpromisingly, informing us that by “protecting even those convicted of heinous crimes, the Eighth Amendment reaffirms the duty of the government to respect the dignity of all persons.” Readers may wonder about the dignity of the victim. Christopher...
  • Pack the Court

    01/31/2005 5:38:55 AM PST · by guitarist · 11 replies · 782+ views
    DC Bar ^ | Feb. 2005 issue | Bruce Fein
    Taking the Stand Pack the Supreme Court By Bruce Fein President George W. Bush should pack the United States Supreme Court with philosophical clones of Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas and defeated nominee Robert H. Bork. Multiple vacancies will inescapably arise in his second term. Senate Republicans should vote the Senate filibuster rule as applied to thwart a floor vote for judicial nominees unconstitutional and unenforceable. Both measures are necessary to vindicate the Constitution according to its original meaning and to eclipse an airbrush artist interpretive approach embraced by a majority of sitting justices. Neither gambit would impair judicial...
  • The Tempting of America (Vanity)

    01/01/2005 4:26:12 AM PST · by Racehorse · 1 replies · 378+ views
    1 January 2005 | Racehorse
    This morning . . . at home, not in this post . . . I pick up Robert Bork's The Tempting of America.  I tend to think rereading his book is good background preparation for the coming war to confirm President Bush's future conservative nominations to the Supreme Court and his present nominations for unfilled vacancies on the lower federal courts.  I expect the news and conversation on FreeRepublic will be equally provocative.From the 1990 dust jacket to Bork's book:At the time of the acrimonious campaign to defeat Judge Robert H. Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court, few members of...
  • Think Rushmore [Sowell in WSJ]

    01/08/2005 8:34:50 AM PST · by Captiva · 13 replies · 814+ views
    Think Rushmore President Bush needs to carve out his place in history. BY THOMAS SOWELL Friday, January 7, 2005 12:01 a.m. Now that President Bush has twice gotten himself to the White House, the question is whether he wants to try for Mount Rushmore. One of the luxuries of a second term is an opportunity to think about the long run, not simply for one's own "legacy," but for the future of the nation as a whole. Even during his first term, George W. Bush's long-run strategic view, exemplified by the war on terrorism, contrasted sharply with former President Bill...
  • Pro-Life Groups Work to Block Arlen Specter’s Appointment to Chair Senate Judiciary Committee

    12/14/2004 5:07:11 PM PST · by The_Eaglet · 17 replies · 582+ views
    Pro-Life Groups Work to Block Arlen Specter’s Appointment to Chair Senate Judiciary Committee By (EP) Days after the Nov. 2 election, Sen. Arlen Specter remained at the center of a political firestorm of his own making. The Republican senator from Pennsylvania raised the ire of conservatives across the country with comments that he made about pro-life judicial nominees the day after President Bush’s re-election.
  • Haunting Specter

    12/09/2004 12:19:13 PM PST · by The_Eaglet · 23 replies · 531+ views
    World Magazine ^ | 12/9/2004 | Lynn Vincent
    Haunting Specter Arlen Specter's impending chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee has conservatives concerned | by Lynn VincentThe day after winning a dicey reelection fight, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, presumptive new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, held a press conference in which reporters asked him how he would handle pro-life judicial nominees. Perhaps feeling flush with imminent power, the famously pro-abortion Republican pledged allegiance to Roe vs. Wade—and seemed to warn President Bush that his judicial nominees should do likewise. Those remarks ignited protests by conservatives who jammed airwaves and Senate phone lines, questioning Sen. Specter's fitness to chair...
  • The Specter of Bush

    12/08/2004 8:16:31 AM PST · by The_Eaglet · 41 replies · 726+ views
    Constitution Party ^ | 11/12/2004 | Janine Hansen
    ACTION ALERT It is not a foregone conclusion that Arlen Specter will be the next chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. It is well within the rights of the Senate Judiciary Committee members to nominate, and the Senate Republicans to award the Judiciary Committee chairmanship to a pro-life, anti-homosexual marriage, pro-second amendment traditionalist . Arlen Specter is pro-abortion, anti-gun, pro-human cloning, pro-homosexual rights, and played a key role in defeating Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court. He must be defeated. Please take action right away. 1. CONTACT JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND ASK THEM TO REJECT ARLEN SPECTER'S BID FOR...
  • COMMENTARY: An ominous spectre, III

    11/16/2004 8:10:06 PM PST · by Ed Current · 18 replies · 639+ views
    Daily Press ^ | November 16, 2004 | THOMAS SOWELL
    As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Arlen Specter has often justified his voting for or against judicial nominees on grounds that he supports those nominees whose views are in the "mainstream," as distinguished from those whose views are "extremist."Now that he is in line to become chairman of that committee in January, because of seniority, the meaning of these two elusive — and elastic — terms becomes crucial.Senator Specter voted against the confirmation of Judge Robert Bork and for the confirmation of Judge Antonin Scalia to the Supreme Court, even though their voting records on the Circuit...