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Bork, v., trans., “To defame or vilify (a person ) systematically, esp. in the mass media, usually with the aim of preventing his or her appointment to public office; to obstruct or thwart (a person) in this way.” —Oxford English Dictionary in an entry dated March, 1992.

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Editorial, Pages 12 on 01/02/2013

Print Headline: Robert Bork, Verb

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  • Populist
    January 2, 2013 at 6:54 a.m.

    I would not have voted to confirm Bork solely on the basis that he followed Nixon's order to fire the Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox after two more principled men, Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus, had refused to fire him. However, the Democrats did go overboard in "borking" Bork. I would have voted to confirm Harriet Miers, the person I believe was really borked. The Democrats will go after anybody who is prolife with a vengeance. The Democrats care nothing about the unborn, and the Republicans often seem to care little about children after they are born.

  • Dontsufferfools
    January 2, 2013 at 8:55 a.m.

    Miers was "borked" by Republicans, not Democrats. Her own party rejected her, as they wanted a more reliable GOP vote on the court and didn't trust Miers, who had no paper trail. This editorial, intentionally I'm sure, glosses over Bork's paper trail, which showed he was a fully-fledged archconservative with right-wing views. For example, he thought civil-rights laws were wrong to allow blacks equal access to restaurants and theaters and such, and had written just a few years before the nomination process that Roe v. Wade was an unconstitutional decision. Then, in the nomination hearings, he refused to discuss these statements but acted as if all his previous stances were mere dinner-table talk.

  • Populist
    January 2, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.

    MoreBeer,

    Agreed. The Republican good old boys did not stick up for Miers. Miers also was screwed by the eastern elites who insist that all Supreme Court Justices attend Harvard, Yale, Stanford or Columbia for law school. We wonder why the Supreme Court is often so out-of-touch with middle America.

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