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Robert Bork (1927-2012)

Jim Burroway

December 19th, 2012

“Like other predispositions, toward alcoholism, for example, the urge to homosexual conduct can often be resisted, and a significant number of homosexuals respond to therapy that enables them to live contentedly as heterosexuals. The willingness to resist or seek therapy will certainly be affected by the degree of stigma attached to the behavior in question. If all traces of taint are removed, if homosexuality is made to seem completely normal, a matter of indifference to anyone else or to society, young men and women uncertain of their sexuality will be that much more likely to be drawn into a homosexual life.

“…Homosexuality, moreover, is an addictive disorder…The term “gay” makes homosexuality sound innocuous, if not appealing, but it hides the terrible reality that so many homosexuals experience.”

– Robert Bork, Slouching Towards Gomorrah, 1996.

He died today. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan thought that he would make a splendid Supreme Court justice. The Senate disagreed, and Justice Anthony Kennedy was named to the Court instead.

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Lindoro Almaviva
December 20th, 2012 | LINK

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan thought that he would make a splendid Supreme Court justice. The Senate disagreed, and Justice Anthony Kennedy was named to the Court instead

And we as a community are the better for that. I am not one to dance on anyone’s grave (I have that reserved for Maggie, Phelps, Scalia, and a couple self-important and self-appointed Christians) but this is as close as I get. If there is a God, may (s)He have mercy on him, because he is going to need it.

markanthony
December 20th, 2012 | LINK

There was apparently a whisper campaign among southern democrats that Bork wasn’t religious enough. The irony is factor is about as high as it gets.

Jay
December 20th, 2012 | LINK

I was taught that one should speak only good of the dead. Bork is dead. Good.

Pacal
December 20th, 2012 | LINK

Bork was a throughly unpleasant character and morally questionable.

During his Supreme Court confirmation hearing he deliberately posed as far more moderate than he was. (Translated he lied.)

Earlier Bork revealed just what sort of strong moral fibre he had. During the Watergate scandal when two of Bork`s higher ups refused to fire the special prosecutor Archibald Cox has ordered by Nixon. (One being fired the other resigning.) Bork then went along with Nixon`s attempt to short circuit the whole Watergate investigation and fired him.

For someone who liked to pose as holier than than thou he wasn`t.

jerry
December 20th, 2012 | LINK

There was a short clip of his confirmation hearing on the tube last night and a brief recounting of his career. I had forgotten he was Tricky Dicky’s toady in the Saturday Night Massacre debacle.

He was a legend in his own mind. History won’t be kind to him, his legacy has died with him. He won’t even get footnote status in 20 years.

F Young
December 20th, 2012 | LINK

“In 2011, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appointed Bork co-chair of his Judicial Advisory Committee, to advise the campaign on judicial nominations and legal policy questions.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/19/us-usa-bork-idUSBRE8BI0YA20121219

Kip C.
December 20th, 2012 | LINK

Good riddance.

Désirée
December 20th, 2012 | LINK

so he got Borked

TomTallis
December 20th, 2012 | LINK

My eyes are dry.

Andrew
December 20th, 2012 | LINK

burn in hell motherf****r

Rod
December 20th, 2012 | LINK

Ms magazine either printed or reprinted a cartoon.
Panel 1. A dog in an alley loudly making noise: “BORK! BORK! BORK!”.
Panel 2. Two men, wearing shirts labeled “Senate Dog Catching Committee” holding the dog. The dog says “Meow”

PLAINTOM
December 21st, 2012 | LINK

He was finally Borked permanently.

Aurac
December 23rd, 2012 | LINK

Vicious, witless comments such as the above, motivated apparently by the fact that Bork had a view of homosexuality some people do not like, are expressions of cowardice.

homer
December 23rd, 2012 | LINK

Oh Aurac, I’ve been called worse things in my life.

Bork was a disgusting person with crappy morals and a hatred towards lots and lots of people who weren’t just like him. I’m not glad he is dead, but he deserves whatever names people choose to call him.

Priya Lynn
December 23rd, 2012 | LINK

Aurac said “Vicious, witless comments such as the above, motivated apparently by the fact that Bork had a view of homosexuality some people do not like, are expressions of cowardice.”.

See boys and girls, that’s what’s called a non-sequitor.

Hunter
December 27th, 2012 | LINK

OK, so Robert Bork is dead. That’s pretty much a function of time and our physical make-up. Am I sorry he’s dead? To be honest, I don’t care one way or the other: I didn’t know him personally, so I have no personal sense of loss, but I suspect I am thankful that he didn’t have the opportunity to have more influence on my life than he did, which was none.

Even the U.S. Senate does something right from time to time. Or it used to.

Dn
January 1st, 2013 | LINK

I believe that dead people should be spoken of in the manner they spoke of others while alive.

If Bork wanted to be spoken of kindly, he wouldn’t have been so outstandingly horrible. It’s not an expression of cowardice, it’s actually the Golden Rule.

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