Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Robert Bork is speaking this morning on C-SPAN
Hat tip, Southern Appeal. Good stuff.
It's funny listening to the callers. C-SPAN gives three numbers out, one for Democrats, one for Republicans, and one for independents.
The Republicans, of course, are very complimentary. They also offer a few "softball" questions for Bork.
The independents have some interesting questions, for the most part, not too critical, and mostly relevant (though some are based on incorrect premises).
The Democrat callers, however, seem far more interested in lecturing Judge Bork than in posing questions. The commentator has had to cut them off repeatedly.
One thought I found interesting -- when asked about his "legacy", Bork simply stated that he thought his legacy was the start of a bad trend.
I disagree. I think that the Bork nomination in 1987 was a major milestone in the conservative movement. Bork's failed nomination, particularly in light of subsequent nominations (and presidents), showed conservatives that getting the White House was not enough if conservatives were not willing to fight for individual issues or nominations. Bork's became not merely a descriptive term, but also a warning for conservatives who may have previously believed that electing a Republican president would cure all (or even most) ills.