As Andy says, Robert H Bork was part of the National Review circle, a longtime fixture on NR cruises and at other events. I will leave it to Andy, Ed Whelan, and others to discuss his merits as a jurist, but one reason he would have made a great Supreme Court justice is that he had terrific comic timing. If you were on a panel with him, he was lethally economical: He gave the shortest answers and got the biggest laughs. Off-stage, he was even more convivial. Away from formal portraits, he had a rogue-ish expression,
I send my sympathies to his family. How I wish he had been on the Supreme Court. The world has lost a giant, who is now in a much better place than Ted Kennedy who wishes he had ice water. Rest in Peace, Judge Bork.
A giant among judges who was denigrated by far lesser men. He never said anything about it in public as far as I know - he just kept writing, and proving himself to be far above them in intellect, temperament and courage. Rest in peace, sir.
It´s ironic that it was the liberals led by Joe Biden in the US Senate who kept Judge Bork off the US Supreme Court. If Judge Bork had got on the court, President Obama would be swinging into action right now to nominate another liberal to serve on the court, and you can bet that the wimpy Republicans would be please as punch to send her on her way to the court.
Well said, #4. The treatment of Judge Bork, by lesser men, was so despicable that his name is listed in the dictionary as a verb defining such savage treatment. One more example of what is wrong with America today.
bork - verb (used with object) to attack (a candidate or public figure) systematically, especially in the media.
Origin: 1988, Americanism; after Judge Robert H. Bork, whose appointment to the Supreme Court was blocked in 1987 after an extensive media campaign by his opponents.
bork - 1987, "to discredit a candidate for some position by savaging his or her career and beliefs," from name of U.S. jurist Robert H. Bork (b.1927), whose Supreme Court nomination in 1987 was rejected after an intense counter-campaign.
He was such a greaty man. Condolences to his family m& friends.
It was the way that the dem pols so disrespected him that confirmed my view of the horrible lengths that the lefty dem pols will go to in order to marginalize people of accomplishment, ethics and obvious merit for the most responsible jobs in our Government.
The statist dems always attack the best and brightest who have so much to offer in public service. The dems are, for the most part, in charge of the policy dec ision making inside the beltway right now and look at the mess they make of EVERYTHING!
The Clintons(D) were once Borks students in Law School, as I recall, and so they knew his exemplary qualifications yet they did not support him. ...Apparently he was too personally ethical, legally brilliant, certainly kind and witty for them?
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