Conservative U.S. jurist Robert Bork dies at 85

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roneida wrote:

The Robert Bork character smear by the left wingers was when this current no holds dirty attacks basically started big time. The libs were all teary a recently when their latest minority candidate was hounded out of her assumed takeover of Hillarys’temporary job, completely forgetting their treatment of Bork, Scalia, Thomas,Herman Cain , Sarah Palin, etc. If they can’t run with the big dogs, they should stay under the porch.

Dec 19, 2012 12:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Ahop2 wrote:

This is a perfect example of how the media (sometimes through ignorance, sometimes through deception) dumbs down the American people and sets the course for our demise.

Robert Bork was the symbol for ANTI-JUDICIAL ACTIVISM. Detactors ad those who huff and scoff at this are dupes (or dupers). Someone who is 100 percent committed to Constitutional law is by definition NOT an activist, but the opposite.

this reminds me of how I hear people referring to conservatives as “fascists”. Clearly this is ilogical. The current administration, pursuing nationalization of all industries, is the definition of fascism.

How can we stop the dumbing down of America?
(those who wish and enjoy being dumed down need not respond)

Dec 19, 2012 12:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BioStudies wrote:

A pretty unflattering Obituary (if you can even call it that) by Reuters here.

Yet you praise the documented killer, Ted Kennedy, all the time.

Dec 19, 2012 12:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Since a couple of “representatives” of the right have already had a chance to vent, let me as a dedicated liberal (and not ashamed to wear that label) say that although I didn’t agree with a lot of Robert Bork’s views and considered him somewhat tainted by having been Nixon’s hatchet man, I was certainly aware that he had a brilliant mind and a keen understanding of the principles of law. Those of us who actually watched his confirmation hearings were privileged to learn quite a bit about our Constitution, its authors and the nation and its ethos which grew from it.

Dec 19, 2012 1:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
julianzr wrote:

Valuable life, wasted on promoting regression.

Dec 19, 2012 1:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rickd785 wrote:

Bork was an anti American pro fascist swine whose views on the court would have further fueled the savagery we have seen from the right for the last 30 years.The only thing better then his death would be Scalia’s or Uncle Thomas’.

Dec 19, 2012 3:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rickd785 wrote:

Who says there is never any good new?

Dec 19, 2012 3:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rkirchem wrote:

Good riddance to the neo-Nazi.

Dec 19, 2012 3:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
boris1421 wrote:

In Bork’s case, this article was incredibly kind if not downright flattering. Just ask the women who worked in that factory that used carcinogenic chemicals that created birth defects. Bork ruled that if they wanted to keep thier jobs, they had to have operations to sterilize themselves instead of forcing the company to adopt proper safety procedures. Politicians like Bork are the very reason that the founding fathers gave us the right to bear arms.

Dec 19, 2012 3:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
IanDayre wrote:

Was Robert Bork qualified to be a Supreme Court justice? I would have to acknowledge that probably, he was. Of course, so was Abe Fortas. Both were excluded for political reasons, by different sides. As a liberal I think we got the better end of the deal by keeping Bork off the court, and for that I am thankful.

Dec 19, 2012 3:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Stickystones wrote:

R. Bork was an enigma and he was thrown to the dogs during the confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court. As conservative as he was he still had progressive qualities, can you name another equally conservative justice that admitted to smoking pot? (not when they were a teenager either) We don’t know what kind of Supreme Justice he would have been; many people, mostly liberal made sure we’d never know.

Dec 19, 2012 3:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Sailorman1x wrote:

Your comment that “Bork was also active in the background during the attempt the impeach President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s…..” needs correcting. Prisdent Bill Clinton was impeached but congress did not have the votes to take punitive action and remove him from office.

Dec 19, 2012 3:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Glummulf wrote:

“Fierce” is not the word for it. The sandbagging that went on on judge bork was absolutely disgraceful. Because of the dishonest and relentless attacks on bork, the term “borked” entered the lexicon.

Dec 19, 2012 5:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jdl51 wrote:

Ahop2:

“The current administration, pursuing nationalization of all industries, is the definition of fascism.”

That’s a heavy dose of delusion this boy’s taken. Not only is he wrong on point one, but wrong on point two. The Nazis were capitalists. They used private enterprise to build and supply their war machine and did not nationalize all industries. They were pro military, virulently anti union and anti abortion and they instituted the death penalty for abortionists. Sound like democrats?

Dec 19, 2012 6:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SayHey wrote:

Among the greatest legal minds, what was done to Judge Bork is a national stain – the tactics of which have poisoned public discourse ever since.

Dec 20, 2012 11:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
PCMartin wrote:

As Nixon’s Solicitor General, Bork was the toady who fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox at Nixon’s behest when Cox began closing in (successfully) on Nixon in the Watergate investigation — after AG Richardson and Deputy AG Ruckelshaus refused to and resigned over it. And I believe his erstwhile assurances of respect for judicial restraint and precedent as much as I now believe Roberts’ and Alito’s. Good riddance to to a bad apple.

Dec 20, 2012 11:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
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