Robert Bork becomes a “Good Republican”

by Datechguy | December 20th, 2012

Readability

Robert Bork becomes a "Good Republican"

One of the things I’ve noticed over time is one a repub­li­can is no longer a threat to democ­rats elec­torally the media sud­denly finds nice things to say.

At the New Repub­lic we see this process up close.

Before the hear­ings, Robert Bork had been renowned at Yale Law School, where he taught for nearly two decades, not only for his influ­ence on antitrust and con­sti­tu­tional law, but for his ide­o­log­i­cal open-​mindedness: many stu­dents of his era fondly remem­ber the sem­i­nar he co-​taught with his clos­est friend on the fac­ulty, the lib­eral con­sti­tu­tional scholar (and TNR legal edi­tor) Alexan­der Bickel, which fea­tured affec­tion­ate bipar­ti­san debates. After Bickel crit­i­cized his con­ser­v­a­tive jurispru­dence in one class, Bork replied, “You’ll notice that my colleague’s ele­gant the­o­ries of jurispru­dence are a cross between Edmund Burke and Fid­dler on the Roof.” TNR was said to be Bork’s favorite jour­nal at the time, and in 1968 he wrote a piece for this mag­a­zine, “Why I Am for Nixon,” prais­ing the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date as the true heir of clas­si­cal liberalism.

As soon as Robert Bork became a “threat” to the left it was nec­es­sary and proper for good Catholics like Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden to destroy him and his rep­u­ta­tion if they could.

Yet Bork remained the man he was.

After the hear­ings, he would become, in print at least, some­thing of the car­i­ca­ture of legal con­ser­vatism that Kennedy had painted. But he remained friendly and con­vivial in pri­vate: When­ever I ran into him and his devoted wife, Mary Ellen, over the years at hol­i­day sing-​alongs, he loved to dis­cuss his old friend Bickel over scotch. Although the hear­ings had left Bork pro­fes­sion­ally embit­tered, he remained per­son­ally gracious.

I sus­pect many of the left who knew that Bork was a bet­ter man than they pre­tended he was. All of these peo­ple who could have done some­thing or said some­thing at a time when it would have meant some­thing will unbur­den them­selves of the guilt and they will feel bet­ter about themselves.

The world will now hear about Robert Bork the good repub­li­can, but only because he is Robert Bork the dead republican.

One of the things I’ve noticed over time is one a republican is no longer a threat to democrats electorally the media suddenly finds nice things to say.

At the New Republic we see this process up close.

Before the hearings, Robert Bork had been renowned at Yale Law School, where he taught for nearly two decades, not only for his influence on antitrust and constitutional law, but for his ideological open-mindedness: many students of his era fondly remember the seminar he co-taught with his closest friend on the faculty, the liberal constitutional scholar (and TNR legal editor) Alexander Bickel, which featured affectionate bipartisan debates. After Bickel criticized his conservative jurisprudence in one class, Bork replied, “You’ll notice that my colleague’s elegant theories of jurisprudence are a cross between Edmund Burke and Fiddler on the Roof.” TNR was said to be Bork’s favorite journal at the time, and in 1968 he wrote a piece for this magazine, “Why I Am for Nixon,” praising the Republican presidential candidate as the true heir of classical liberalism.

As soon as Robert Bork became a “threat” to the left it was necessary and proper for good Catholics like Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden to destroy him and his reputation if they could.

Yet Bork remained the man he was.

After the hearings, he would become, in print at least, something of the caricature of legal conservatism that Kennedy had painted. But he remained friendly and convivial in private: Whenever I ran into him and his devoted wife, Mary Ellen, over the years at holiday sing-alongs, he loved to discuss his old friend Bickel over scotch. Although the hearings had left Bork professionally embittered, he remained personally gracious.

I suspect many of the left who knew that Bork was a better man than they pretended he was. All of these people who could have done something or said something at a time when it would have meant something will unburden themselves of the guilt and they will feel better about themselves.

The world will now hear about Robert Bork the good republican, but only because he is Robert Bork the dead republican.

Comments are closed.

DaTechGuy on DaRadio Saturday Noon EST. WBNW AM 1120 Concord WPLM 1390 Plymouth WESO 970 Southbridge, FTR Radio, the 405 Media

money matters 003

Get Cash for Your Pallets! 1-(800) 248-7543

aaron test

jeffrey’s

jeffrey’s

Buy Raspberry Ketone Here

American 023

Belanger Hardware 284 Water St · Fitchburg · (978) 342-2912

belanger 2

Try the Double Burger!

nashoba

Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester

Annies Book Stop of Worcester 001

Find Discounts at the Stores you Love

TOP STORES

pottery paintin place

pottery paintin place

The Navy Seals in their First Mission

The Navy Seals in their First Mission

Get yours for Kindle Here

Get yours for Kindle Here

Listen to your Granny

RWG

Bernard PC 774-322-6045

Bernard PC 774-322-6045

Support our favorite Charties

Chris Muir’s Day by Day

Read me at Examiner.com

Examiner badge2

Only 114 Million Hits to retirement!

Monthly Goal (Wage plus Writers) $1445

Olimometer 2.52

Most Innovative Blogger 2013

Most Innovative Blogger 2013

Tags

Help a Brother Knight of Mine who needs a hand