December 20, 2012 |
McLEAN, Va. - Robert H. Bork, 85, who stepped in to fire the Watergate prosecutor at Richard Nixon's behest and whose failed 1987 nomination to the Supreme Court helped draw the modern boundaries of cultural fights over abortion, civil rights and other issues, died Wednesday from heart complications at a hospital in Arlington, Va. Brilliant, blunt and piercingly witty, Robert Heron Bork had a long career in the law that took him from respected academic...
December 20, 2012 |
ROBERT H. BORK, who stepped in to fire the Watergate prosecutor at Richard Nixon's behest and whose failed 1987 nomination to the Supreme Court helped draw the modern boundaries of cultural fights over abortion, civil rights and other issues, died Wednesday. He was 85. Robert H. Bork Jr. confirmed that his father died at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., from complications of heart ailments. Brilliant, blunt and piercingly witty, Robert Heron Bork had a long career in the law that took him from respected academic to a totem of conservative grievance.
October 28, 2011
AS ICONIC 60-Minute Man Chuck Bednarik would say, the guy who knows what's on the other side of the field has a distinct advantage over the guy who stays in his own zone. It helps you to neutralize or - as in the case of Frank Gifford - horizontal-ize the enemy. It's the same with politics; putting yourself in the opposition's shoes is a masterful strategy, one that the great Vince Lombardi would have cheered. And I have to say that last week the game ball went to the liberals, who displayed an amazing ability to call out and criticize the most radical, dangerous members of their squad.
January 21, 2006 |
Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., in written responses to questions from Senate Democrats, said that most law-school professors were "generally believed" to be left of center, and that he had supported the failed nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court because of Bork's reputation for judicial restraint. Alito's answers, released yesterday by Sen. Arlen Specter (R., Pa.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, added new detail and context to his testimony before the committee last week.
January 18, 2006 |
WHY DOES Samuel Alito appear to be coasting toward confirmation when Robert Bork, his ideological sibling, was denied a seat on the Supreme Court? Alito's bland face, thinning hair and glasses made him look like the nerd in the next cubicle in the office. He was soft-spoken, modest and calm in responding to senators. When asked the hard questions, Alito, like John Roberts before him, carefully recited the tests to be applied and the factors to be considered. But he gave no clues about his own views, or the legal framework within which he would weigh various factors, or the ideological prism through which he - like every other judge - approaches every case.
January 8, 2004 |
When former President Ronald Reagan nominated conservative jurist Robert H. Bork for the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987, Sen. Arlen Specter doomed Bork's bid with sharp questioning and a party-line-crossing "no" vote. More than 16 years later, Bork has struck back. Saying he was alarmed by the likelihood that Specter would become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee if reelected, Bork yesterday endorsed U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, a conservative who is challenging Specter in the April primary.
August 27, 2003 |
ETIQUETTE CALLED on me not to talk about my nomination to the board of the United States Institute of Peace while it was in process. During five months of enforced quiet, I endured Sen. Edward Kennedy borking me as someone not "committed to bridging differences and bringing peace," a Washington Post editorial criticizing me as "a destroyer" of cultural bridges, and other slings. My months of silence finally came to an end Friday, when President Bush invoked his constitutional authority (Article II, Section 2)
March 24, 2001 |
Whoever gave a second thought to the American Bar Association? Conservatives nursing a grudge, it turns out. And that means the White House. After a half-century as the primary independent reviewer of candidates for federal judgeships, the ABA is on its way out, the Bush administration has made clear. The Federalist Society is in. It's Bork's best revenge. Conservative animus against the ABA has built since 1987, when Robert Bork was given a mixed rating - but not the "unqualified" badge of dishonor - because some reviewers thought his jurisprudence too extreme.
April 21, 1998 |
Microsoft's archrival, Netscape, has hired one-time Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork to press the Justice Department to bring a broader case against the software giant. Bork, an expert in antitrust law who has long argued that one company may dominate an industry without hurting consumers, contended yesterday that Microsoft's prominence has gone too far. "I think the Department of Justice . . . will see predatory practices are in fact being used and they should be stopped," Bork said.
June 23, 1997 |
Ihave a confession to make. I was brainwashed by conservatives. I know, I know - next to telling the National Enquirer you've been kidnapped by alien creatures, it's the most embarrassing admission you can make, but there it is. I'm not sure how it happened. One minute, I was keeping my guard up against right-wing blather; the next, I'd fallen victim to a sucker punch, from Robert Bork, of all people. You remember Bork. After playing a Rosencrantz/Guildenstern role in the Watergate Follies, he hit big time when nominated to the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan.