The predictable Robert Bork
Monday morning, Americans United for Life announced that failed 1987 SCOTUS nominee Robert Bork would join a Wednesday "insider's look" press event on nominee Elena Kagan. Somewhat surprisingly, this became big news. Why do I say "surprisingly?" Because Bork opposed Sonia Sotomayor's 2009 nomination, too, and in 1994 he gave this advice to the Washington Post about then-nominee Stephen Breyer, the previous Democratic court pick.
Judge Breyer would be well advised not to give hard, specific answers to things he hasn't written about before. But no matter what he says, he will have no problem because he already has the Democratic votes.
This is not a man who gives Democratic nominees the benefit of the doubt, or one who has forgiven the senators who blocked his nomination 23 years ago. (Heck, would you?) He can do one of two things -- point out that a combative hearing scares off qualified nominees, or demand that future nominees get the same treatment he got. So, typically, he does both.
Here's a taste of what Bork's 1987 experience was like, in the form of an ad from People for the American Way.
June 21, 2010; 3:17 PM ET
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