Borking is the conservative word you need to know during confirmation hearings
Heather Gilligan
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Robert Bork was an absolute crackpot. At the very least, Antonin Scalia had the self awareness to realize himself an asshole. He just didn’t care. Bork couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about?!

The most telling aspect of Bork’s character was the Saturday Night Massacre. The AG under Nixon, Eliot Richardson, resigned after refusing to fire Archibald Cox, the Watergate Special Prosecutor. Shortly thereafter, Richardson’s Asst. AG refused to carry out the order and resigned. So along comes Bork (Solicitor General)…

Sure, I’ll do it…

So Bork fires Cox and become acting Attorney General. This act is later found to be illegal on top of being obviously unethical, unscrupulous and cowardly. The cherry on top for Bork opponents appeared when Bork wrote in his memoirs that Nixon promised him the next seat on the Supreme Court for carrying out the order to fire Cox.

Absolutely, Bork was brilliant on paper, but as often happens, the application of brilliance to the real world gets muddled. The Reagan administration had no business nominating Bork in the first place. In hindsight, knowing what we know now about Ronald Reagan’s presidency, he may have had little input into the decision to nominate this man.

T.S. Eliot wrote “the last temptation is the greatest treason, to do the right thing for the wrong reason”. I don’t know as certain the motives of Senate Democrats back in 1987. Borking Bork certainly wasn’t a treasonous act, but I’m not so sure their motives were pure…in any case, they made the right call. As for the hyperpartisan war this event is blamed for initiating, if it weren’t this it just would have been something else…