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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:41 AM

Robert Bork Dead: Former Solicitor General And Supreme Court Nominee Dies At 84

Source: Huffington Post

Robert Bork, a former solicitor general perhaps best known for his controversial Supreme Court nomination which failed in 1987, died Wednesday due to heart complications, PJ Media and National Review report. He was 84.

Bork was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, only to be eventually rejected by the Senate after contentious debate.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/19/robert-bork-dead-dies_n_2329553.html

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Reply Robert Bork Dead: Former Solicitor General And Supreme Court Nominee Dies At 84 (Original post)
brooklynite Dec 2012 OP
hlthe2b Dec 2012 #1
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:43 AM

1. yet another who reminds me of that wonderful adage your Mom told you growing up...

If you can't say anything nice, say nothing at all...

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crickets....

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:44 AM

2. Yep.....

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:01 PM

43. Nothing. nt

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:47 PM

61. I will second that. nt

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:59 PM

77. "He's dead. Good." There, I said something good about the dead.

I'm concerned that I feel this way, but the end of some of these people can't come soon enough for me. They do terrible damage to our democracy.

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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #77)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 04:20 PM

90. K & R!!!

Thank you, God and Ted Kennedy, for never allowing this slimewad to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States.

(no, I didn't say anything bad about him; calling him a slimewad is like giving him a field promotion from what I really think of him. Now, slimewads might be justifiably offended.........)

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Response to lastlib (Reply #90)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:11 AM

121. and Joe Biden

Thanks to Joe too

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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #77)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:10 AM

120. Gunga Dick Cheney comes to mind.

Nino the Fixer Scalia is another.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:06 PM

80. Betcha dollar DU doesn't follow your mama's advice.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:12 PM

84. I have nothing good to say, so I'll defer to this guy:

?w=477

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 05:07 PM

93. +1

The nasty stuff shall remain in my thought bubble

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 06:41 PM

97. .

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 06:50 PM

98. May he rest ---- forget he peace

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:45 AM

3. Never wished for someone dead, but I do enjoy some obituaries

Thank-you Mr. Clemens, I do believe I resemble that remark.

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:46 AM

4. +1

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:01 AM

11. +1

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:21 AM

18. +1. (nt)

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:41 AM

37. +1

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:19 PM

56. +1

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 07:34 PM

99. +1000

Sorry, but I am just not sorry.

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 10:55 AM

127. +1

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:47 AM

5. "Better A Hard-Ass Dork Than A Wet-Ass Bork"

- seen on graffiti all those years ago.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:48 AM

6. He was a mammal

That's about the nicest thing I can say about him.

(Stole that from the old Night Court show)

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Response to tularetom (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:51 AM

8. !



I agree!

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Response to tularetom (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:27 AM

24. Mammal?

Are you sure?

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Response to progressoid (Reply #24)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:57 AM

41. He had four nipples. That's why you never saw him without his shirt.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #41)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:20 PM

57. Stop exaggerating. He only had three. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #57)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:45 PM

74. One was on his back.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #74)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 08:04 PM

103. Right above his vestigial tail. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #103)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:21 AM

113. No, that's a mole.

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Response to tularetom (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:33 PM

60. Slime molds are not mammals.

Once again, a bad comparison, and I have to apologize to the slime molds. I really do like slime molds - they are much more beautiful than Bork.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:51 AM

7. oh well he was interesting looking





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Response to Botany (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:34 AM

27. That's not him

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #27)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:33 AM

36. R you sure?

Scruffy beard and nasty ideology ..... I am pretty sure that is Bork or his
doppelganger.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:55 AM

9. Interesting data point.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:00 AM

10. Peace be with you and good riddance n/t

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:02 AM

12. He was chairman of Romney's Judicial Advisory Committee. eom

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:04 AM

13. Because of the BORK rejection at the SC this hyper-partisanism in courts got started....

 

the legacy has been lasting, but it seems to be going away. We'll see...

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Response to swayne (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:21 AM

17. He was the epitome of hyper-partisan

Had he been appointed he would have easily been the equal of Scalia in asshattery. Don't blame his rejection for our problems, blame the Senate that didn't reject more of these fools.

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Response to n2doc (Reply #17)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:54 AM

29. What n2doc said.

And given Scalia, Thomas and Alito on the court plus all the nominations the Republicans have held up in the Senate I see no reason to think hyperpartisanism is going anywhere.


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Response to truebluegreen (Reply #29)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:40 AM

122. Probably true, but if Roberts turns out to be another Souter-type Justice,

that will act as a pretty good blocking mechanism...but I'm not placing that bet YET.

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Response to Volaris (Reply #122)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:44 AM

123. Here's hoping.

I left Roberts off the asshattery list because he can at least read a poll, as shown by his ruling on the ACA.

But I'm not holding my breath.

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Response to n2doc (Reply #17)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:12 PM

83. Yeah, BUT

Scalia is still alive. If Bork had been there he would have done no worse damage and then. . . . . . .

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Response to annabanana (Reply #83)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:46 PM

87. Fail

The vacant seat on the court to which Bork was nominated eventually went to Judge Anthony Kennedy who was unanimously approved by the Senate, 97-0

We would not have had Scalia in THAT seat.

Kennedy, not a great judge by any means, but 10x better than Scalia or Bork. The only thing that would have been good about having Bork there would be that we would now have an opening.

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Response to swayne (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:21 PM

47. Reagan's

Reagan should never have appointed someone with so little chance of being confirmed. Reagan's action lead to the hyper partisan rancour over judges that has poisoned the system ever since. Another Reagan legacy, along with out of control budgets, and union bashing with which we suffer to this day. And the middle class has been in decline every since he was President.

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Response to swayne (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:31 PM

71. It would have started anyway.


Conservatives were hellbent on putting ideologues of questionable integrity and ethics. I still find the fact that Bork called himself a "constructionist" to be insulting to the intelligence.

Conservatives, especially social ones, resented Roe v. Wade and economic conservatives resented a whole slew of rulings. They were crying foul because the courts were "legislating from the bench." So, now they got their constructionists in to do the same damn thing.

Thomas hadn't entered the pipes yet. A fight over the courts was inevitable.

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Response to caseymoz (Reply #71)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 08:28 PM

106. Very true

The Republicans were working throughout the 70s and 80s to bring up a new crop of ultraconservative lawyers to fill judicial positions from the lowest bench to the Supreme Court.

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Response to swayne (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:32 PM

107. Not everyone should be confirmed. He wasn't qualified.

Anyone who believes that we the people have no rights except those explicitly mentioned in the law should not be a judge.

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Response to swayne (Reply #13)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:48 AM

118. That's just wrong. By the 70s conservatives were laying the groundwork...

...for their own crop of politically-active federal judges because they convinced themselves that the courts were a stronghold of liberal activism. It was the judicial parallel to their campaigns against "liberal media" which saw bias in every report that failed to promote the conservative view.

Bork was just the first of these to reach the Supreme Court, and if they didn't know "Mr. Saturday Night Massacre" would spark a fight then they were deluding themselves (more than usual). And Bork's writings since then pretty much support the view that Bork's attempts to look moderate at his hearings was just lip service.

The SC approvals have become hyper-partisan because conservatives organized themselves to make it so.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:16 AM

14. Condolences to his family

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Response to WhoWoodaKnew (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 02:21 AM

115. Welcome to DU, WhoWoodaKnew!

Glad you're here. Many an attempt here to be graceful and not speak ill of the dead. So I'll go along with that.

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Response to calimary (Reply #115)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:02 AM

135. Thanks

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:17 AM

15. Good riddance to bad rubbish

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:20 AM

16. BORK BORK BORK!!



No toast for Nixon/Reagan stooges.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Reply #16)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:53 PM

62. Okay, that made me laugh.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:22 AM

19. BORK . . . the other white judge.

Not Louie Gohmert crazy, but quite a piece of work. Adios.

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Response to CrazyOrangeCat (Reply #19)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 10:11 AM

124. Rachel's piece reminded me of testimony, especially the part where he once

ruled in favor of a corporation who gave women of childbearing age the choice, they could either be sterilized, or be fired! He supported segregation. His views were of the most vile and harmful sort, with no thought to justice. Like Scalia, he thought that there should be an elite, and corporations rule! But, as much as I despise Scalia, Bork would have been much worse. SCOTUS decisions can be life or death to many Americans. Would you want either of those two making those decisions for you? Scary stuff indeed!

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Response to Dustlawyer (Reply #124)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 10:25 AM

125. well said . . .

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:24 AM

20. Bork & Romney

It was reported earlier in the year that Bork was going to be Romney's chief adviser on legal issues.

Turns out that even if Romney had won, Bork wouldn't have been able to fulfill his duties.

Just as well!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:26 AM

21. Bork was the guy who fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox

In Oct 1973 when Nixon ordered AG Elliot Richardson to fire Archibald Cox over the Watergate tapes he refused and resigned instead. Then the deputy AG William Ruckleshaus also resigned rather than carry out the order. Next in line was Soliciter General Bork, who carried out the order - which was later ruled an illegal act in a lawsuit filed by Ralph Nader. So spare no tears for the failure of Bork to get confirmed for the SCOTUS. His enabling of Nixon to continue to flout the law let the Watergate saga drag on for another 9 months. Had Bork refused Nixon's order it may well have triggered a constitutional crisis which could have forced Nixon to resign much earlier.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #21)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:02 PM

79. I was hoping SOMEONE would be old enough to remember that!

that incident is when the guy's name got filed in my "gov't criminal" mental folder.
Imagine my surprise when Reagan dusted him off and presented him for Congressional review.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #79)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 06:33 PM

96. Our family car had an "Impeach the Cox Sacker" bumper sticker

It was the '70s.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:26 AM

23. May his family find peace and solace

As for Robert Bork....I would say let him rot in hell, but I don't want to speak ill of the dead. The nicest thing I can say is...Robert Bork, you won't be missed.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:29 AM

25. How many people are so bad, their names become part of the English language for something not good?

 

Borked

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Response to RC (Reply #25)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 07:09 AM

134. Bork & Santorum come to mind......n/t

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:33 AM

26. Instead of Bork we got Anthony Kennedy. Not a liberal by any means, but at least a swing vote.

Kennedy's nomination came after the rejection of Bork and the withdrawal of Douglas Ginsberg, who was revealed to have smoked marijuana.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #26)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:27 AM

33. My god, that's so funny

Nowadays, would anyone have batted an eye if a guy admitted to smoking weed?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:36 AM

28. Can I say good riddance to bad rubbish?

 

I hope he just started roasting nicely.

I hope Fat Tony and Silent Clarence follows....

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:00 AM

30. Even though I detest his beliefs

I will not stoop to wishing ill of the dead. RIP and all my best to his family.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:00 AM

31. If you are familiar with the song "Nothing" from A Chorus Line ...

... then you know how I feel about this news.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:19 AM

32. Heart troubles? I guess I was wrong about him not having one.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:28 AM

34. Now I can rest easy knowing this man will never sit on the supreme court.

 

Thank god.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:28 AM

35. the killer of the fairness doctrine

hope it's warm where he now resides

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:44 AM

38. sorry

but, good riddance,
kp

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:48 AM

39. For some reason, I do not feel any pangs of sympathy for Bork, the Cox-sacker!

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:50 AM

40. He was best known for his role in the Saturday Night Massacre

In May 1973, AG Elliot Richardson appointed Archibald Cox as a special prosecutor to investigate the 1972 Watergate break-in. and Cox subpoenaed President Nixon for his Oval Office tapes. Nixon responded on Saturday, 20 October 1973, by ordering Richardson to fire Cox, but Richardson resigned instead. Nixon next gave that order to the next-highest official, William Ruckelshaus, who also chose to resign. This left Robert Bork effectively head of the Justice Department. Bork followed Nixon's instructions and fired Cox

This Saturday Night Massacre shocked most people and contributed to Nixon's fall. But it made Bork a great hero to conservative hardliners, who pushed Reagan to nominate Bork for the Supreme Court

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #40)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:19 PM

46. Thank you - I was just about to post this tidbit...

Richardson and Ruckelshouse both refused to, because it was grossly unethical. Bork didn't have any ethics, so he became the hatchetman. THAT act is what truly scuttled his SCOTUS nom.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:59 AM

42. Not a supporter of the man, but rest in peace.

My condolences to his family.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:05 PM

44. Early Christmas Present

Mean, heartless bastard. Say "hi" to Breitbart for me.

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Response to PlanetBev (Reply #44)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 10:01 PM

109. I'm guessing they didn't call on you to deliver the eulogy?

Hahahaha
I agree, but karma has me keeping the celebration relatively quiet.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:19 PM

45. self - Borked.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:29 PM

48. Sen. Ted Kennedy: "Robert Bork's America"



“Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, school children could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censured at the whim of government."

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:38 PM

49. Get ready for all the right-wing hagiographies about how he was unfairly smeared by Ted Kennedy,

ignoring his involvement in the Saturday Night Massacre and his support for poll taxes.

We're better off without him.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:59 PM

50. John Cook just wrote a scathing

article about him


"Robert Bork Was a Terrible Human Being and No One Should Grieve His Passing"

"Robert Bork has died. Bork is best known in public memory for his failed Supreme Court nomination, which thankfully foundered on the rank extremism of his beliefs. And those beliefs were vile—not because of the stark principles that purportedly undergirded them, but because of the bigotry and contempt for modernity they masked.

But more vile than his reactionary agenda was his hatred for democracy and his fealty to incipient tyranny, as expressed in his willingness to follow anti-Semitic madman Richard Nixon down the rabbit hole of criminality"


http://gawker.com/5969771/robert-bork-was-a-terrible-human-being-and-no-one-should-grieve-his-passing

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Response to amuse bouche (Reply #50)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:32 PM

131. YES SIR!!!!

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:02 PM

51. Like all conservatives who pass away...

 

... he was shocked to come face to face with God and find out She's a Liberal!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:04 PM

52. The Dream Lives On! Teddy smiling from up in heaven, Bork and his viewpoints now in Hell

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:07 PM

53. I do not believe in an everlasting soul

So I don't believe Bork's is roasting in a nonexistent hell.

I believe what you leave behind is your reputation. Bork's is of the most corrupt man in America. This guy makes Gee Dubya Bush look honest.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:14 PM

54. good riddance to bad rubbish.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:14 PM

55. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:21 PM

58. He could have trampled the Constitution for 25 years.

Imagine if he had been there to tell Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia to lay off the steak lunches and do some actual work instead.

By now, they surely would have realized their dreams, and America would be overpopulated, impoverished, and in the middle of a decades-long civil war as the various factions of religious extremism used unlimited weaponry against one another in a bid for control of the nation.

Un-maintained planes would be colliding and falling from the sky while poor people chip away at the concrete foundations of bridges to get at the rebar for recycling. There would be few trees left as they would need to be cleared to create lines of sight for the mounted machine gun positions that protect every wealthy person's home. Crack would be freely distributed in non-white neighborhoods.

My lovely mountains would have turned blue again as the cordite smoke from incessant combat hung in the air. Where has the dream gone?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:28 PM

59. Ding, dong. Bork is dead.

Which old Bork? Robert Bork.

From NBC:

Within 45 minutes of Reagan’s announcement of Bork as his nominee to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of swing justice Lewis Powell, Sen. Ted Kennedy, D- Mass., went to the Senate floor to deliver a scathing assault on him. “Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, school children could not be taught about evolution, writers and artist could be censured at the whim of government,” Kennedy said.

<snip>

Playing a leading role is defeating Bork was the then-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, an episode Biden recalled in his debate with GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in 2008: “I led the fight against Judge Bork. Had he been on the court, I suspect there would be a lot of changes that I don't like and the American people wouldn't like, including everything from (overturning) Roe v. Wade to issues relating to civil rights and civil liberties.”



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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:54 PM

64. Stick a spork in Bork.

He is no more.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:58 PM

65. A christmas before christmas

 

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Response to Great Caesars Ghost (Reply #65)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:03 PM

66. +1

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Response to Great Caesars Ghost (Reply #65)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:35 PM

86. +1

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:09 PM

67. Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster that this nut never got the chance to wreak havoc

upon this country via the Supreme Court for the past 25 years!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:13 PM

68. Often in error,

never in doubt.

The one man who could make Scalia almost look mainstream.

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Response to cloudbase (Reply #68)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:37 PM

73. Scalia has virtues which Bork lacked.

Chief among them would be Scalia's generally good outlook on free speech cases. Bork's Slouching towards Gomorrah had more than a few pages in which he railed about the horrors of flag burning, wearing anti-draft jackets, and other horrible acts which he thought didn't deserve any First Amendment protections.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:24 PM

69. Being Glad This Asshole is Gone

isn't the same thing as actually killing him so my conscience is clear. He can join Lee Atwater in hell's armpit.

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Response to BlueManFan (Reply #69)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 05:58 PM

95. Doesn't matter how he died, just as long as he is dead.

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:30 PM

70. I'm STILL Pro-aBORKtion!

 

I had a bumpersticker on my car while at Purdue during the time bork was nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. It said:

I'm Pro-aBORKtion!

I parked the car in a supermarket parking lot and went inside the store. When I came back out, the passenger window had chewing tobacco splattered all over it. It made my day.

It's nice to wake up and read this great news. Truly made my day!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:32 PM

72. Whenever I heard Borks named I always thought of the assistance he provided Nixon in

trying to close down the watergate investigation rather than his nomination to the Supreme Court.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:54 PM

75. Moms Mabley used to say

that her mother taught her to say nothing but good about the dead. He's dead. Good.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:57 PM

76. Looks like

he'll miss the end of the world on friday.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:00 PM

78. Clarence Darrow said it best, though Twain gets the credit

even though he never said it:

"All men have an emotion to kill; when they strongly dislike some one they involuntarily wish he was dead. I have never killed any one, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction."

Source: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2011/05/mark-twain-didnt-say-thing-about-obituaries/37279/

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:10 PM

81. Bork. At least we limited the damage.

Oh dear God, is he Number 2? I don't want him on the same list as Daniel Inouye.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:12 PM

82. The stupid thing is, Reagan could have HAD Bork on the court

if he'd just nominated him for the vacancy in '86, when he still had a GOP Senate. Why was the Gipper so bound and determined to make OUR guys confirm the bastard?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:29 PM

85. My very first letter to a politician

asking my two senators and two primary candidates who were on the judiciary committee: Biden (not sure whether he was still in the running) and Simon to reject his nomination.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:52 PM

88. "I've never wished a man dead,

but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure."--Clarence Darrow

It should be his epitaph.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 04:14 PM

89. Good riddance.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 04:21 PM

91. Good riddance - may he rot in Hell

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 05:04 PM

92. Hell's spokesdemon...

...Balam confirmed that Mr. Bork has been received and is resting comfortably, naked, while being violated in every orifice of his body.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 05:35 PM

94. Another one bites the dust...

 

or becomes the dust

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 07:35 PM

100. Hmmmm, I have nothing really nice to say.

Except a thank you to the late Senator Kennedy and to Biden who both played big roles in keeping Bork off the SC. And Biden did not do it by attacking him in an ultra political way, which many Repubs now lie about. He used the argument about the right to privacy. And Bork did himself in all on his own.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 07:40 PM

101. I'm sorry for his family. But now for the first time

I wish he had been elected to the SC. Then Obama could put in a Dem which is the only way we'll ever have a majority is if a rethug SCJ retires or dies.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 07:59 PM

102. I know it is not right

But considering what this creep could have done, and tried to keep doing...

YES..

TIME TO GRAVE DANCE!!!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 08:06 PM

104. Are we expected to be sad???



Because I'm not.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 08:26 PM

105. I'm going to bite my tongue on this one

But when Scalia dies, it will be a different story.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:56 PM

108. The stain he left on American society will never be gone.

But now we know it won't get worse.
May he rest in peace or something, I don't care.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:44 PM

110. Are we really sure the man is dead...and not just maybe taking a long nap?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:47 PM

111. This was not a quality person.

 

He just wasn't. Bork was a bad guy that did bad things. No tears from me.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:59 PM

112. May he RIH.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:56 AM

114. Yet one more place to visit on my bucket list... - n/t

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Response to lapfog_1 (Reply #114)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 10:30 AM

126. .!

me, too. But it may not be legal to bury toxic waste. He may have to be cremated. We wouldn't want him leaching into the groundwater-table.....

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:19 AM

116. Hell has a new Overlord. Nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:29 AM

117. Bye. n/t

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:54 AM

119. I am

I am so not mourning this guy.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:31 PM

128. terminated in his 339th trimester


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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:37 PM

129. Thank the FSM! nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:12 PM

130. Bork...dead......

YEA! Someone should have told him to do a better job of shaving. He always looked like a derelict.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:55 PM

132. please, dear Jesus. . .

Cheney next???

amen.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 01:05 AM

133. Bork was a Cox Sacker.

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